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As a multidisciplinary scholar, with degrees in engineering and social science, Associate Professor Reames' research agenda seeks to connect the areas of technological advancement, the policy process, and social equity. His research extends the environmental justice scholarship to focus on energy justice. He is currently exploring disparities in residential energy generation, consumption, and affordability—focusing on the production and persistence of inequality by race, class, and place.
Dr. Reames will be taking a leave of absence from his responsibilities at SEAS to serve as Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy. He leads the Office of Energy Justice Policy and Analysis in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. In this role, he will be responsible for energy justice policy and analysis to ensure energy investments and benefits reach frontline communities and Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. This is an incredible opportunity for Dr. Reames to have a big impact on a national scale. As the Biden Administration prioritizes environmental justice and clean energy, now is THE time for change. This is a pivotal moment for energy justice, and the Biden Administration is lucky to have Dr. Reames’ expertise, experience, and commitment to creating a more just world.
Reames, T. G., Reiner, M. A., and Stacey, M. B. 2018. “An incandescent truth: Disparities in energy-efficient lighting availability and prices in an urban U.S. county.” Applied Energy, 218:95-103.
Stacey, M.B. and Reames, T.G. 2017. “Social Equity in State Energy Policy: Indicators for Michigan’s Energy Efficiency Programs.” Urban Energy Justice Lab: Ann Arbor, MI.
Bednar, D.J., Reames, T.G., and Keoleian, G. 2017. “The Intersection of Energy and Justice: Modeling the Spatial, Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Patterns of Urban Residential Heating Consumption and Efficiency in Detroit, Michigan.” Energy and Buildings, 143:25-34.
- Reames, T. G. (2016). Targeting energy justice: Exploring spatial, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in urban residential heating energy efficiency. Energy Policy, 97, 549-558.
- Reames, T.G. 2016. A Community-based approach to low-income residential energy efficiency participation barriers. Local Environment. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1136995.
- Daley, D. and Reames, T. 2015. Public participation and environmental justice: Access to federal decision-making. In editor Konisky, David, Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice. MIT Press.
- Pierce, J.; Lovrich, N.; Johnson, B.; Reames, T.; Budd, W. 2014. "Social capital and longitudinal change in sustainability plans and policies: U.S. cities from 2000 to 2010." Sustainability 6, no. 1: 136-157.
- Eckerd, A. and Reames, T. 2012. Urban renaissance or invasion: Planning the development of a simulation model of gentrification. In editor Desai, Anand, Simulations for Policy Inquiry. New York: Springer. 83-100.
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PhD, University of Kansas (public administration)
MS, Kansas State University (engineering management)
BS, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (civil engineering)
Tony Reames honored with National Council on Electricity Policy Brinch Award for Collaboration in Public Service
WASHINGTON— Dr. Tony G. Reames, deputy director for energy justice at the U.S. Department of Energy, was awarded the Jan Brinch Award for Collaboration in Public Service...