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LIFE Steering Committee

The LIFE program and its initiatives are guided by the LIFE Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is chaired by a representative of the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and is comprised of member organizations that represent community-based organizations, electric and gas utilities, state and local government, and weatherization agencies. Administrative support and management of the LIFE program is provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (AEA), a not-for-profit membership, training and technical services organization, is committed to the principle of using energy efficiency to maintain affordable and healthy housing for low and moderate-income families and communities.

Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is a private, not-for-profit, anti-poverty organization dedicated to helping people and changing lives. They provide opportunities that empower people of their community to bring about social and personal change. By focusing on strengths, they promote self-effectiveness, dignity, and hope.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric CorporationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 367,000 customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley, and delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany.

Consolidated Edison of NY, Inc.Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $26 billion in assets. Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., is a regulated utility, one of the subsidiaries of Consolidated Edison, Inc., providing energy services in New York City and Westchester County to more than 3 million electric customers, more than 1 million gas customers, and approximately 1,800 steam customers.

HoneywellLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. installs, integrates and maintains the systems that keep buildings safe, secure, comfortable, productive and energy-efficient. We provide a comprehensive array of offerings, including residential energy efficiency services, which are tailored to meet the needs of our clients. Honeywell has more than 115 years experience building and optimizing facilities across the globe. We are proud to implement the NYSERDA EmPower NY program, serving financially vulnerable New Yorkers throughout the state.

National Fuel Gas Distribution CorporationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. The utility segment, which represents the operations of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, sells or transports natural gas to more than 700,000 customers in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. Major areas served include Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Jamestown in New York, and Erie and Sharon in Pennsylvania.

In New York, National GridLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. delivers electricity to 1.6 million customers and natural gas to 569,000 customers. Its New York headquarters are located in Syracuse. National Grid's core US business is the delivery of electricity and natural gas.

The New York State Community Action AssociationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (NYSCAA) was created in 1987 to provide New York State Community Action Agencies with information, professional development, and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of agencies to serve as effective, responsive community resources. Additionally, NYSCAA serves the collective interests of its members through statewide legislative advocacy, information exchange, capacity-building, peer support, networking, recognition, and information technology services. New York State has 50 Community Action Agencies, all of which are NYSCAA members.

The primary mission of the New York State Department of Public ServiceLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is to ensure safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State’s residential and business consumers, at just and reasonable rates. The Department seeks to stimulate innovation, strategic infrastructure investment, consumer awareness, competitive markets where feasible, and the use of resources in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.

The New York State Department of StateLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (DOS) defends the public's safety, protects and develops a sustainable environment, strengthens local communities, and serves the business community.

New York State Electric and Gas CorporationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, serves 877,000 electricity customers and 261,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been advancing innovative energy solutions since 1975.

New York State Homes and Community RenewalLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (HCR), Their mission is to make New York State a better place to live by supporting community efforts to preserve and expand affordable housing, home ownership and economic opportunities, and by providing equal access to safe, decent, and affordable housing.

It is the mission of the New York State Office for the AgingLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (OFA) to help older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.

With its role in New York State government, the mission of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability AssistanceLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (OTDA) is to promote greater self-sufficiency of the State's residents through the efficient delivery of temporary and transitional assistance, disability assistance, and the collection of child support.

The New York State Weatherization Directors' AssociationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (NYSWDA) is committed to developing new opportunities in support of its' membership, linking sound public policy with the concepts of energy conservation and economic self sufficiency, resulting in safe, healthy and affordable housing for low income families in New York State.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., is an electric and gas utility headquartered in Pearl River, New York. O&R and its two utility subsidiaries, Rockland Electric Company and Pike County Light & Power Co., serve a population of over 700,000 in seven counties in New York, northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Rochester Gas and ElectricLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. (RG&E) is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, serves 368,000 electricity customers and 305,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange RegionLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is part of an initiative designed to enhance the penetration rate of energy related services available for low to moderate income residents of Orange County. Historically, these residents living on a fixed income have been reluctant to take advantage of energy related programs such as HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), Energy Savings Workshops, case management, and weatherization services. These services offer Orange County residents a series of opportunities to enhance their disposable income through a process of strengthening their energy savings, the knowledge to achieve these goals, or benefiting from programs that offer financial support. Our intent is to reduce the barriers associated with consumers applying for a financial assistance programs. By building on a consumer's strengths, we will be empowering our consumers to meet their future needs.

Last Updated: 09/30/2014