Why I Care About Power Outages Impacting Low-Income Families
By Kelsey Lord, sonnen Channel Manager - Energy Automation
Since the COVID-19 pandemic came about, I’ve been feeling a lot. I’ve been sad for those that have lost family members, lost jobs, and have struggled with their mental health. I am angry and devastated for the adults, children, and animals that have nowhere to escape abuse inside their own home. I tend to be the type of person that takes on the burden of others, and let’s just say I put “empathy” under both the strengths and weaknesses categories on my resume.
Some might say that I care about global warming because I’m a millennial. It’s more than that. I care about climate change because I’m someone who loves the outdoors, so it’s in my nature to preach about all the ways we are hurting the environment. I want to protect this beautiful earth that gives me all my greatest joys.
When I was given the opportunity to work for sonnen — a company that shares my same mission — the decision came easy. It wasn’t until I was completely immersed in our work at sonnen that I realized the impact we are making (and will make) with virtual power plant technology is larger than what I imagined. Not only are we working every day for a clean energy future to protect this incredible planet of ours, but we are working every day to help the people who live on it.
Back to feelings. As we approach California’s annual fire season, a new anxiety builds in me that I’ve never felt before. Coming from Boston, wildfires aren’t a threat I’m used to, or comfortable with. I think about how extended power outages — resulting from fires or shutoffs for public safety — would affect my family if we lose power for days. We’d be inconvenienced, sure. They would likely take a toll on our relationships, and there would be a financial hit, but my family is in a better position than many.