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Innovations in Energy Breakfast

Today, the Joint Center convened a meeting at its headquarters of energy experts to talk about the future of communities of color. We collected ideas from the experts about major technological shifts in the energy industry over the next decade that may present both challenges and opportunities for communities of color (e.g., cleantech, enhanced grid, smart cities, automation in upstream and downstream segments, big data/analytics).

Based on this conversation and others, the Joint Center will select 3-4 areas in which to produce reports, policy briefs, policy videos, fact sheets, and survey data in 2017. The work will provide an overview about the shift and anticipated challenges (e.g., loss of particular jobs) and opportunities (e.g., new types of jobs, minority contracting opportunities, quality of life improvements) to communities of color. The work will also make recommendations to elected officials and other key stakeholders on steps they should take now to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities for communities of color. For more details, click here for a summary and 1-minute video of our 2017 plans.

Participants at Energy Breakfast
Vincent Barnes, Gray Global Advisors
Kwame Canty, Edison Electric Institute
Montina Cole, NRDC
Robert Edwards, Kilpatrick Townsend
Leslie Fields, Sierra Club
Russell Frisby, Stinson Leonard Street
Tony Harrison, Consultant
Jarrod Loadholt, Tesla/SolarCity
Alejandra Montoya-Boyer, Joint Center
Spencer Overton, Joint Center
David Owens, Edison Electric Institute
Udai Rohatgi, NextGen Climate
Mario Salazar, American Petroleum Institute
Tracey Woods, American Association of Blacks in Energy

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.