Energy Use and Access on the Hopi Reservation

Delaney is working with the Hopi Utility Authority to better understand electricity and energy use on the Hopi Reservation. Her research examines energy burden, both in its monetary manifestations as-well as its emotional and temporal manifestations. Through semi-structured interviews she is determining the current energy paradigm and use patterns of households and sentiments regarding electricity. Her research is focused on understand household energy burdens holistically aswell as residents’ perceptions and preferences regarding electrification


Hopi Utility Corporation




Delaney Heileman, Western Resource Fellow | Delaney is a Master of Environmental Science student at the Yale School of the Environment focused on energy justice in the American Southwest. Specifically, she is interested in energy access in Native American communities and is working with the Hopi Utility Corporation to understand issues of electrification and access. Her childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she saw firsthand the inequities in the southwest, inspires her research. She holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. See what Delaney has been up to.  |  Blog