US Energy Agency Panel: Energy Poverty in the US: A Federal/State/Utility Collaboration

We had a great panel yesterday panel yesterday at the US Energy Agency on LIHEAP.  The entire 90 minute panel was covered live by C-SPAN!  Great coverage for the program and the need for assistance.  The following is a link to the show.    Mark Wolfe/NEADA

The US Energy Association hosted a session on May 20 on Addressing Energy Poverty in the US: A Federal/State/Utility Collaboration.   The session was played live on C-SPAN

The following is a description of the briefing:

Energy Poverty is closer to home than you think:  one out of three households in the US struggle to pay their home energy bills – representing a significant part of the utility rate base.  Federal funding is only sufficient to reach about 20 percent of eligible households leaving many struggling to keep the lights on. State and utility programs provide supplemental assistance in some regions, but support is uneven across the nation and benefits are often barely enough to keep the lights on. In addition, weatherization and more recently renewable energy programs that help reduce consumption and increase affordability have been cut to the bone, making it difficult for low-income families to climb out of energy poverty.

This session will bring together experts from the federal, state and utility sectors to discuss how this patchwork of services attempts to address energy poverty in the U.S. and the ways in which it falls short.

The following is a list of the panelists:

  • Mark Wolfe/ Executive Director/ National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association
  • Chris Mele/ National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Häly Laasme-McQuilkin/ LIHEAP Northeast Regional Representative
    National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association Board
  • Nina Moussavi/ Legislative Analyst/American Gas Association
  • Jessica Franks/ Director, Government Relations/ Edison Electric Institute
  • Kenley Farmer/ Associate Director
    DC Department of Energy & Environment Affordability & Efficiency Division