Black households pay more for energy than white households, according to a new analysis.
A working paper from the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy Institute at Haas found that, when controlling for year, income, household size and city of residence, Black renters paid $273 more per year for energy than white renters between 2010 and 2017.
Black homeowners paid $408 more for energy than white homeowners did during the same period.
During this time frame, energy expenditures for both groups decreased. However, in 2017, black renters still paid $200 more a year for energy expenses than white renters, and black homeowners paid $310 a year more than their white counterparts.
The analysis used data from American Community Survey and looked at the sum