New York to hold forums on energy issues impacting low-income communities

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The meetings in New York aim to help low-income consumers control their energy bills, which will feature presentations on emerging energy issues, best practices, consumer protections, and information on some of the resource programs that assist low-income energy customers.

New York Public Service Commission
Contact: James Denn

ALBANY—The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today that the Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) will hold a series of meetings across the State to help address the challenges and opportunities facing low-income consumers as they seek safe, reliable and affordable energy.

“LIFE provides a critical forum for community leaders and service providers to share essential details that can help low-income New Yorkers afford and maintain their utility service,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “The LIFE regional meetings will provide valuable information on the State’s consumer-focused Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), as well as on energy assistance programs designed to help New York’s most vulnerable consumers.”

“Through the LIFE forums, participants share insights to help low-income consumers meet their energy needs and reduce their energy costs,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “These issues are so important that New York State is expanding efforts to improve energy affordability and better engage low-income communities, as part of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive strategy to create a cleaner, more reliable, affordable energy system in this state.”

Under the proposed Clean Energy Fund (CEF), a component of REV, New York State is planning to implement approaches to help increase the adoption of energy efficiency and clean energy in lowincome communities by addressing barriers that have limited access to capital and market solutions. Low-income communities are also expected to benefit from Community Solar NY, which makes solar easier and more affordable through “Solarize” campaigns, locally-organized community outreach efforts aimed at getting a critical mass of area homes and businesses to install solar.

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