Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Lab Consortium (GMLC), the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed electricity affordability metrics at the state and county levels for the United States. On June 14th, CESA hosted a webinar with speakers from NREL and PNNL to introduce a simple spreadsheet interface to map these electricity affordability metrics. Webinar slides and a recording are available here.

Monisha Shah of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discussed the GMLC and its work to measure the progress of the nation’s grid modernization efforts. Dave Anderson of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory explained the electricity affordability concept, presented the methods used to construct affordability metrics, and demonstrated the mapping tool.

You can download the mapping tool as an excel file on the GMLC website at https://gridmod.labworks.org/projects/1.1. It appears under the “Related Resources” drop down as a “Deliverable.”