Funding agency: Institute for Renewable Energy and Efficiency, 9/11-9/14. PI: L. Baker; co-PIs: Jay Coggins (Dept. Applied Economics) and Kristen Nelson (Dept. Forest Resources and Dept. Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology)
This goals of this project were: (1) to examine relationships among various types of energy use in households (natural gas, electricity, auto travel, and air travel) in relation to household characteristics (number and age of household members, size of house, etc.) and (2) to develop a metric of energy poverty for owner-occupied homes.
Final report: Drivers of Household Energy Consumption In Minnesota (PDF)
Some illustrative graphs, from the report: