The two major concerns in the energy policy debate relate to economic efficiency and whether the price should indicate to each consumer the true cost to the economy of using more energy, and the second is that of economic equity where it is argued that energy is a basic necessity for survival and the government has the responsibility to provide assistance for lower-income families. Originally published in 1982, this volume focuses on the uneven impact of rising energy costs on different income groups, regions, and household locations. This collection of papers helps to fill the knowledge gaps about the amount and distribution of household energy expenditure. The volume is organised with a paper introducing each topic followed by one or two discussants’ remarks further examining the issues at hand. It is a valuable title for students interested in environmental studies and national policy.
Preface; Part I: Presented papers; 1. The Distribution of Household Energy Expenditures and the Impact of High Prices 2. Comments on "The Distribution of Household Energy Expenditures and the Impact of High Prices" 3. Conceptualizing and Measuring the Burden of High Energy Prices 4. Energy Assistance Schemes: Review, Evaluation and Recommendations 5. Measuring the Need for Low-Income Energy Assistance 6. Comments on "Energy Assistance Schemes: Review, Evaluation and Recommendations" 7. Burden Allocation and Electricity Utility Rate Structures: Issues and Options 8. An Evaluation of TVA Initiatives to Help the Poor Meet Rising Electricity Costs 9. The Tradeoff Between Equity and Efficiency in Electric Utility Rate Structures: A comment on the TVA Approach 10. The Political Economy of U.S. Energy and Equity Policy 11. Comments on "The Political Economy of U.S. Energy and Equity Policy" 12. Energy Prices and Real Income Distribution: The Urban Sector 12. Comments on "Energy Prices and Real Income Distribution: The Urban Sector" 13. A Critique of "Energy Prices and Real Income Distribution: The Urban Sector" 14. The Impacts of Rising Energy Prices in Rural Areas 15. Assessing the Impacts of High Energy Costs on small Rural Communities: Discussion 16. Comments on "The Impacts of Rising Energy Prices in Rural Areas" 17. The Differential Effects of rising Energy Prices on Regional Incomes and Employment 18. The Impact of Regional Political Issues on Energy Price Increases 19. The Equity Issue in Europe and Japan 20. Comments on "The Equity Issue in Europe and Japan" 21. Discussion of "The Equity Issue in Europe and Japan"; Part II: Panel Addresses; 22. Energy and Poverty 23. Perspectives of Coping with Massive Shifts: Comments 24. Informal Remarks on "High Energy Costs: Assessing the Burden"
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