Findings from the Olivine Community Energy Initiative

Households in Disadvantaged Communities are ready, willing and able to play a role in demand response: Findings from the Olivine Community Energy Initiative

From July to December of 2018, Olivine performed a first-of-its-kind study of disadvantaged communities (DAC) known as the Olivine Community Energy Initiative (OCEI) in Richmond and Oakland, California. The purpose of this study was to specifically study households’ use of energy in disadvantaged communities and their ability and interest in participating in demand response programs. The findings of the OCEI are extremely positive and are now available in report form here.

The report describes in detail the study’s design as well as the characteristics and participation of members and their households. This small study demonstrates that households in disadvantaged communities are willing and able to participate in demand response programs, care a great deal about greenhouse gas emissions, and want to have a greater understanding of their home energy use. These findings point to the need for greater inclusion of and outreach to Disadvantaged Communities in demand response and energy savings programs.

To get a copy of the report, submit your information here and we will send it to you.