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Design, implementation and market programs

“Everyone should be concerned about energy equity and keeping different perspectives in mind will help us improve our communication as we move forward together towards solutions.”, Dr. Shawn Bodmann, Director, Energy & Climate Equity


How do I design, implement, and market programs and services to help the disadvantaged communities? DNV helps clients design and implement more equitable programs and services that better serve disadvantaged and historically marginalized communities. These solutions help to develop a roadmap: 


DNV’s ADAPTIVE 4 Equity Framework  

DNV’s ADAPTIVE 4 Equity Framework has been applied in several large-scale energy, transportation, water and climate justice and equity projects resulting in strong return on investment, program uptake, community support, and successful environmental clearance and permitting. Its development is based on lived experience, research, and practical application to large capital projects over the past decade. As a highlight, one of such projects is recognized for excellence in advancing diversity and social change by the American Planning Association in 2023. Foundational to the Framework are four pillars and eight principles of equitable and inclusive engagement, bolstered by a strategy toolkit. 

Value and impact: 

  • Engage customers in the face of apathy or perceived conflict
  • Learn strategy and metrics to tackle unique energy equity challenges (e.g., Justice 40)
  • Mitigate regulatory, reputational, and non-technical risks
  • Evaluate engagement for equity and return on investment

One of the core strategies of ADAPTIVE 4 Equity is Community Benefits Planning, as mandated by the Justice 40 initiative and under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) rubric.


Workforce Development Consulting

In this collaborative process, DNV works with program implementers and utilities to ensure that energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are generating local jobs, with a focus on training employees in the clean energy workforce who are new to the industry or belong to an underrepresented group. This process will help utilities comply with Justice40 and related state statutes that require a certain percentage of new jobs for minorities and people in traditionally disadvantaged groups. As part of this service, DNV will interface with community stakeholders and leaders, identify training pathways based on skills needed, build curricula for training programs, identify sources for industry mentors, and develop mentor, trainee, and program feedback loops.  

Key Activities: 

  • Interfacing with community stakeholders and leaders 
  • Identifying training pathways based on skills needed 
  • Building curricula for training programs  
  • Sourcing and training industry mentors 
  • Developing training program roadmaps 
  • Developing methodologies for mentor, trainee, and program feedback loops 


Electrified Vehicle (EV) Adoption Forecasting   

DNV offers a full suite of consulting services around electrified transportation that include equity proponents through customer identification/location, roadmapping, and fleet and public transit electrification.  

Key areas:

  • Transportation electrification planning 
  • EV program implementation 
  • EV program evaluation 
  • EV market and technology assessment 
  • Analysis and planning for grid impacts of EV 
  • EV policy and strategy assistance 

Do you need more information?

Have a look at the related studies and demonstrations

  Neighborhood conversations: how to listen and talk energy with disadvantaged communities

Neighborhood conversations: how to listen and talk energy with disadvantaged communities

View or download the report

  DEFG PSEG Clean Energy Jobs Program 2022

DEFG PSEG Clean Energy Jobs Program 2022

Watch the presentation

  CA Essential Use Study and public web tool webinar

CA Essential Use Study and public web tool webinar

Watch the webinar

  ADAPTIVE 4 EQUITY FRAMEWORK

ADAPTIVE 4 EQUITY FRAMEWORK

View or download the infosheet

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