High Gas Prices Hit Diverse Communities Particularly Hard

All Americans are suffering at the gas pump. This is not new information for our readers. Prices had been slowly rising during the pandemic, but when Russia invaded Ukraine in February, prices skyrocketed. This month, gas was the most expensive in US history, breaking the record from 2008. High energy prices coupled with an unprecedented inflation rate have hit America’s diverse communities particularly hard. What can be done to provide these working families with some relief?

The solution is simple. We need our elected officials in Washington, D.C. to enact policies that encourage domestic production of oil and natural … Read More >>

CEC Celebrates Black History Month

This month, the Community Energy Center (CEC) joins Americans in celebrating Black History Month. Communities of color have long played an integral role in America’s energy workforce. Honoring the contributions Black Americans have made to the energy industry is an important step in studying and enacting policies that will continue to diversify the energy labor force. Recently, the Washington Informer published an article highlighting a STEM program doing just that:

The STEM Careers Coalition — the first-of-its-kind national initiative supported by corporate leaders and based on schools by Discovery Education — connects students to a curated collection of careers Read More >>

“Build Back Better” not necessarily better for communities of color

As we kick off the new year, the status President Biden’s “Build Back Better” (BBB) legislation is uncertain. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin indicated his opposition in December although senators continue to deliberate about the path forward. What is certain, however, is that several of the provisions in the bill would adversely impact America’s communities of color. These proposed policies coupled with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the country would only further burden hard-working American families desperately trying to recover from a pandemic that just won’t seem to go away.

Last Fall, the Community Energy Center (CEC) detailed the … Read More >>

How do we ensure energy security in the U.S.? Pursue a diverse and affordable energy mix

by Jerry Silva, Former Senior Advisor at the US Department of Energy and Former Senior Advisor for Southern California Edison

Over my 30+ year career at Southern California Edison, I have had the unique opportunity to be in the front row seat in some of the industries major challenges and changes. Too often, however, I have seen these changes present an undue burden on our disadvantaged and minority communities. From the energy crisis, municipalization, divestiture of power plants, CCAs, traditional oil/natural gas balancing, cleaner energy, and the integration of renewables into the grid, these have all presented major changes in … Read More >>

Interview: Dr. Chris Miguel Wilkie aims to attain more Hispanic representation in STEM

The new CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) believes diversity generates innovative and inclusive designs with unique perspectives

By Ricardo Sánchez Silva, @RicardoLoDice, NAHP Media Correspondent

Dr. Chris Miguel Wilkie spent more than four years as Managing Director of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) before knowing that he would become the organization’s new CEO, his ideal job, as he describes it, under circumstances that thrill him, and he would not even imagine seven years ago. However, in his previous position, he discovered something he appreciates and considers fundamental in his new role: the … Read More >>

Reconciliation Bill Unfairly Targets Communities of Color

As Congress continues to debate the components of a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, the Community Energy Center (CEC) is focused on certain provisions that will inevitably have a negative impact on communities of color. Two such proposed components of the spending bill include levying a methane emissions tax on energy companies and implementing the Clean Energy Standard. While the CEC is in support of a diverse energy sector – including renewable and clean energy – we are not in support of enacting such policies at the expense of minority communities.

A methane emissions fee would result in a reduction of … Read More >>

Federal lease to the oil and gas industry is necessary for the economy of the population

Its ban would increase the use of coal and intensify CO2 emissions

Long-term prohibition or a significant reduction in the leasing of federal lands and waters to the oil and gas industry would have negative consequences for the population at various levels – such as environmental and economic. Regarding the first, it is estimated that the use of coal would increase by 15%, and CO2 emissions in the electricity sector would be 5.5% by 2030, according to an analysis carried out by OnLocation for API.

Regarding the economic impact, the communities benefiting from electricity services would be the most … Read More >>

SER-NATIONAL Is Making STEM a Powerful and Positive Path for Student Success

“For a long time, experts predicted young people would need to learn Spanish, Mandarin, and Farsi for communicating in the future with people all around the world,” says Ignacio Salazar, President and Chief Executive Officer of SER NATIONAL, the nation’s service, employment, and re-development network. “Now, the language being mentioned most is made up of just two numbers, ones and zeros, because it’s how we communicate with artificial intelligence or AI, the language of robots,” adds Salazar.

That statement summarizes best the outlook on the rapidly growing importance of technology in our global economy and why this is one of … Read More >>

Energy Industry Essential for Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that plagued the world for the better part of 2020 has yet to be fully understood. In addition to the global health crisis, the pandemic delivered a shock wave to Main Street in communities from coast to coast. As the American economy begins to recover from last year’s downturn, one thing is certain: the energy industry is leading the charge.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) recently released a report detailing the economic impact of the energy sector in the United States including direct impacts such as employment and production. The report also explores the indirect impact on … Read More >>

As gas prices soar during the summer months, the need for natural gas production increases

“Staycations” – vacations at home or nearby home – were a huge hit last year as the world was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, Americans are anxious to get away, but with air and rail travel still experiencing restrictions, many vacationers are opting for the good ole’ family road trip.

Last year at this time, the national average for one gallon of regular gasoline was $2.20. Just this week, the national average had jumped to $3.16 per gallon. Analysts say that prices at the pump are likely to stay above $3.00 per gallon through the summer.

Consumers may … Read More >>