Lecture Kleinman Center Event

Energy Insecurity and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hybrid Event


Sanya Carley
Paul H. O’Neill Professor, Indiana University


Shelley Welton
Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law and Energy Policy, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy


Kleinman Energy Forum
Fisher Fine Arts Library
220 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This live event is also available on Zoom. 

Energy insecurity is a problem facing millions of American households. Explore how the pandemic impacted those facing energy insecurity and how successful temporary protections have been at lightening the burden.

Event Summary

Energy insecurity, or the inability to pay one’s energy bills, is a problem facing millions of American households. In this lecture, Sanya Carley discusses the results from a four-wave survey that she and her coauthors administered to a representative sample of low-income U.S. households during the COVID-19 pandemic. She examines the findings on the prevalence of energy insecurity, the factors that contribute to it, what strategies households use to cope when facing energy insecurity, and how well temporary protections help energy insecure households. Carley also considers a set of reflections and recommendations on policy and scholarship.

Please note this is a hybrid event. We look forward to welcoming guests to the Kleinman Center’s Energy Forum. In accordance with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines, masks are optional for all visitors. PennOpen Pass and PennOpen Campus screenings are no longer required for entry to our events. Further details for joining in-person or virtually will be emailed with your registration. Boxed lunches will be available to go following the event!


Sanya Carley

Faculty Co-Director
Sanya Carley is the faculty co-director of the Kleinman Center and Presidential Distinguished Professor of Energy Policy and City Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Shelley Welton

Presidential Distinguished Professor
Shelley Welton is a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law and Energy Policy with the Kleinman Center and Penn Carey Law. Her research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law and governance.