Rural Energy Affordability Solutions

Rural households typically spend 40 percent more on energy bills than urban households (ACEEE). States are working to reduce rural energy burdens by engaging rural co-operatives, municipal utilities, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders. The National Governors Association recently hosted an Expert’s Roundtable on this topic and will share out challenges and best practices that were discussed during the day. Additionally, two experts will share programs they are working on that help reduce rural energy burdens.



  • Michael Turner, Director, Building Innovation and Energy Finance, Colorado Energy Office
  • Mary Shoemaker, Senior Research Analyst, ACEEE

Moderated by Matthew Rogotzke, Policy Analyst, National Governors Association