Ben Nathan provides research and advisement to utilities and cities on energy equity, demand-side management, and distributed energy resource strategy. Before he joined E Source, Ben worked at the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he helped states, local governments, and public utilities with their energy planning and management. He received a BA in geography from the George Washington University and an MA in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Forging a path to a brighter energy future for all

Ben Nathan
October 27, 2022

Energy equity continues to be the priority for many in the utility industry. And we don’t expect these important efforts to lose momentum any time soon. Let’s reflect on what the utility industry has accomplished so far, based on each element of the E Source energy equity framework.

Why it’s crucial to incorporate equity into transportation electrification plans

Liza Minor, Ben Nathan, Jesse Hitchcock, Brenna Raeder
September 28, 2022

Transportation is electrifying across the US and Canada, and electrification plans need to benefit all customers. Find out why it’s important to incorporate equity into your transportation electrification plan and manage the grid impacts of EVs.

Using ethnography and market research to better define and address energy equity

Ben Nathan
July 6, 2022

To meaningfully address energy equity, utilities must have clear definitions and goals for equity based on the communities they serve. In this blog post, we're sharing some of the ways utilities can use data science, ethnography, and market research to better understand customers and their needs.

4 common barriers to LMI heat-pump adoption and strategies to overcome them

Liza Minor, Ben Nathan
June 22, 2022

You need to meet equity and decarbonization goals. Installing electric heat pumps and heat-pump water heaters in homes is a promising strategy that can benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers. But it’s hard to overcome adoption barriers. We’ve got four strategies that can help!

How utilities can collaborate with local organizations to achieve equitable programs

Ben Nathan, Miriam Stein
April 14, 2022

Utilities are working with the communities they serve to apply an equity lens to their demand-side management, distributed energy resource, and EV programs. In this blog post, we take a closer look at how community engagement strengthens and supports equity initiatives.