The Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) 2006 Statewide Conference convened in Albany at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on May 2 and 3 to continue New York’s statewide dialogue on the energy needs of low-income energy customers. The theme for the 2006 statewide conference was Learning from LIFE…Preparing for Tomorrow.
The Forum, sponsored by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), brought together a record number of participants. Attendance included 267 individuals representing 119 organizations from across New York State and the nation. This attendance level was the highest since the first LIFE Conference in 1999 which attracted 180 participants. Participants in the dialogue this time included representatives of community-based organizations, utility companies, Energy Services Companies, state agencies, local government, statewide nonprofit organizations, community action/weatherization agencies, and businesses.
As the nation’s longest running dialogue on the energy needs of low-income customers, LIFE continued to grow and evolve at the 2006 conference. New York Governor George E. Pataki addressed conference attendees on May 2. The Governor urged participants to continue their commitment to low-income energy customers and shared his vision for renewable transportation options for New York. The Governor also met with the winners of the first LIFE Achievement Awards. The awards were made to three local direct service workers whose outstanding efforts have benefited low-income energy customers for many years.
Final 2006 Conference Report [PDF]
2006 Conference Program [PDF]