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2005 Regional Meetings

Agenda

Session I: Energy Prices: Challenges to Affordability

This session explored the impact that rising energy prices are having on low-income energy consumers. Speaker: David Hepinstall, Association for Energy Affordability.

Session II: The Low-Income Story: In Their Own Words.

This session provided an opportunity to hear directly from low-income consumers as well as the chance to discuss the barriers to participation, the difficulties that low-income consumers face getting assistance, and the strategies they take to address their energy needs. Speakers: Jillian Higgins, KeySpan and Tanya Brothers, HeartShare Human Services Moderator: Sue Montgomery Corey, Community Power Network of NYS.

Session III: Everybody Has an Advocate; everybody is an Advocate.

This session identified policy advocates working on low-income energy issues at the state level. Opportunities for public participation in energy policy development and the constraints that affect participants when utilizing these opportunities. Finally, the program provided an overview of the upcoming low-income policy development agenda. Speaker: Ben Wiles, Public Utility Law Project.

Session IV: Being a Smarter Energy Shopper.

This session explored some opportunities we all have to become smarter shoppers. It also discussed steps New York State is taking to get more bang for its HEAP bucks. Speakers: Marty Insogna, NYS Department of Public Service and Peggie Neville, NYS Energy Research and Development Authority.

Session V: Building Local Alliances.

One of the most important techniques for developing sustainable community energy solutions is the creation of local alliances. This session provided a close-up view of existing or potential alliances that may benefit the region. Speakers: Mary Thompson Grassi, HeartShare Human Services and Chris Neidl, Community Environmental Center.

A group discussion rounded out the day, which focused on the challenges and opportunities facing low-income households in the New York City area and the impact that rising energy prices are having on those households.

An executive summary [PDF] of the group discussion comments is included here and is categorized into five areas:

  • Outreach & Education
  • Information Clearinghouse
  • Assistance Strategies (i.e. Short-Term)
  • Long-Term Solutions
  • Crisis & Concern.

Brooklyn

The LIFE 2005 Regional Meeting for the New York City Region [PDF] was held on August 24, 2005 at the Key Span facilities in Brooklyn. Sixty-three individuals representing 30 organizations attended the event. Martin Insogna, Chair of the LIFE Steering Committee and Utility Consumer Program Specialist for the New York State Department of Public Service served as Master of Ceremonies. Support for the regional meeting was provided by our local host, Key Span Energy Delivery. Joseph Guarinello, Vice-President of Energy Programs for HeartShare Human Services and Leonard Jordan, Director of Consumer Advocacy, Billing, and Service Centers for KeySpan provided local welcomes.

Ellicottville

The LIFE 2005 Regional Meeting for the Western NY region [PDF] was held on August 3, 2005 at the Holiday Valley Conference Center in Ellicottville. Fifty-nine individuals representing 31 organizations attended the event. Martin Insogna, Chair of the LIFE Steering Committee and Utility Consumer Program Specialist for the New York State Department of Public Service served as Master of Ceremonies. Support for the regional meeting was provided by our local host Cattaraugus Community Action. Tina Zerbian, Executive Director of Cattaraugus Community Action and a member of the LIFE Steering Committee provided a local welcome.

Ithaca

The LIFE 2005 Regional Meeting for the Central/Southern Tier Region [PDF] was held on August 4, 2005 at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Ithaca. Seventy individuals representing 40 organizations attended the event. Martin Insogna, Chair of the LIFE Steering Committee and Utility Consumer Program Specialist for the New York State Department of Public Service served as Master of Ceremonies. Support for the regional meeting was provided by our local host, New York State Electric & Gas. Lisa Tallet, Supervisor for NYSEG’s Low-Income Programs and a member of the LIFE Steering Committee provided a local welcome.

Kingston

The LIFE 2005 Regional Meeting for the Hudson Valley Region [PDF] was held on August 23, 2005 at the Central Hudson Auditorium in Kingston. Sixty-nine individuals representing 29 organizations attended the event. Martin Insogna, Chair of the LIFE Steering Committee and Utility Consumer Program Specialist for the New York State Department of Public Service served as Master of Ceremonies. Support for the regional meeting was provided by our local hosts Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and Dutchess County Community Action Agency. Sue Royce, Director of Consumer Outreach at Central Hudson and a member of the LIFE Steering Committee provided a local welcome.

Lake Placid

The LIFE 2005 Regional Meeting for the North Country Region [PDF] was held on August 10, 2005 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Placid. Thirty-nine individuals representing 26 organizations attended the event. Martin Insogna, Chair of the LIFE Steering Committee and Utility Consumer Program Specialist for the New York State Department of Public Service served as Master of Ceremonies. Support for the regional meeting was provided by our local host, Adirondack Community Action Program. Cynthia Wenzel, Program Assistant from Adirondack Community Action provided a local welcome.

Troy

The LIFE 2005 Regional Meeting for the Capital Region [PDF] was held on August 30, 2005 at the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Joseph L. Bruno Family Resource Center in Troy. Sixty-three individuals representing 38 organizations attended the event. Martin Insogna, Chair of the LIFE Steering Committee and Utility Consumer Program Specialist for the New York State Department of Public Service served as Master of Ceremonies. Support for the regional meeting was provided by our local host Commission on Economic Opportunity. Sandra Sloane, Director of the Office of Consumer Services for the NYS Department of Public Service and Peter Lindley, Housing Director for the Commission on Economic Opportunity provided local welcomes.

Last Updated: 07/01/2014