Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE)

LIFE 2020 Virtual Event is Live-Online on October 27-30, 2020

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in cooperation with the LIFE Steering Committee, are proud to announce the inaugural LIFE 2020 Virtual Event. While we will miss seeing you in person this year, we are looking forward to providing the LIFE network with the same knowledge sharing and discussion opportunities that have become synonymous with LIFE events. On October 27-30, join us for the live-online component of the LIFE 2020 Virtual Event. Visit http://events.lifenys.orgLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for details, including the agenda, registration, and scholarship opportunities.

  • Learn about the New York State energy, climate change, and equity policy environment - Live-online panel presentations with Q&A opportunities
  • Talk with others in the field who want to take a deeper dive into new energy frontiers - Live-online interactive workshops
  • At-your-own-pace learning opportunities related to the evolving low-income energy landscape - On-demand pre-recorded presentations
  • Continuing legal education training hosted by Public Utility Law Project of NY and the NYS Department of Public Service - New York State Shared Meter Law / New York State Public Service Commission Complaints and Appeals Process
  • Information about programs and services to assist communities and individuals - A resource repository for all attendees 

Working to help low-income New Yorkers address energy issues

LIFE, the Low-Income Forum on Energy, is a unique statewide dialogue that brings together organizations and individuals committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing low-income New Yorkers as they seek safe, affordable and reliable energy. The LIFE dialogue encourages an interactive exchange of information and collaboration among the programs and resources that assist low-income energy consumers. The initiative is supported by the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Anyone wishing to receive updates on the Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) can join the LIFE email list or contact LIFE@nyserda.ny.gov with inquiries.

Mission Statement

To guide LIFE activities and ensure that that the LIFE program meets its goals, the following mission statement has been developed by the LIFE Steering Committee:

  • To maintain a forum which attracts a diverse range of parties whose efforts will have an impact on the ability of low-income customers to meet their energy needs.
  • To seek, identify, and address the full range of low-income energy issues.
  • To broaden participation and encourage involvement of all stakeholders in the energy forum.
  • To encourage linkages through the forum to strengthen the understanding of and support for the energy needs of low-income New Yorkers.
  • To encourage an interactive exchange of information and collaboration among the programs and resources that helps the State’s low-income households.
  • To provide a venue for policy makers to hear of emerging issues from those at the front end of program delivery, identification of best practices, and networking opportunities for those in the low-income energy field.