Energy insecurity/utility assistance data in ACS?

Does anyone have experience with operationalizing energy insecurity or utility assistance needs using ACS (place or tract level, 2016 5 year estimate data)? This paper by Hernandez et al (2016) uses 2011 data to identify households spending >10% of household income on utility expenses but I can't find a parallel data source in 2016 5 year estimate tables. Thanks!

  • Could you consider using PUMAs as the primary unit of analysis and working from the PUMS file, which as electricity, gas, and other fuel costs (ELEP, GASP, and FULP)?