March 28th, 2014

LIEN annual conference 2014 – Toronto

“Celebrating a Decade of Low-Income Energy Advocacy”

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Conference kit

Final Agenda for LIEN 2014 conference

Description of LIEN and its work – 2014

Acronyms 2014

Speaker biographies 2014

List of participants 2014

Evaluation Form 2014

Presentations

Addressing energy poverty in Ontario – LIEN’s decade of advocacy – Mary Todorow (ACTO) & Theresa McClenaghan (CELA)

OPA saveONenergy Home Assistance Program – Jen Atkinson (Windfall Centre) & Kai Millyard (GCC)

Enbridge Gas low-income programs – Erika Lontoc & Jennifer Cittadini

Union Gas low-income programs – Priyanka Gupta

Review of the OEB’s low-income programs – Jennifer Lopinski (APCH)

Who’s Doing What – Changes to energy assistance programs and why it matters – Jennefer Laidley (ISAC)

March 25th, 2014

Time for Energy Rate Affordability Program in Ontario

For immediate release:
March 25, 2014

(Toronto) As the Low-Income Energy Network celebrates its 10th anniversary today at its annual symposium, the top line message from the conference is the need for an energy rate affordability program in Ontario.

LIEN has been advocating a comprehensive solution to energy poverty in Ontario over the last ten years. From emergency energy assistance, to low-income energy conservation programs, to better terms of service for low-income consumers, there has been great progress in the province. But the missing link is an Energy Rate Affordability Program to make sure that electricity bills are within reach for low income consumers. LIEN advocates a province wide program that sets a threshold of 6% of total household income as the maximum amount that low-income consumers should have to pay for their total energy bills – for heating and non-heating energy uses. Above that threshold, difficult choices have to be made between food, rent, electricity, medication and other essentials.

The work LIEN has done demonstrates that low-income energy affordability programs are good for utilities and their ratepayers too, because bills become much more manageable for the lowest income consumers.

Today, LIEN has sent a letter to all of Ontario’s provincial party leaders, urging them to support a low income energy rate affordability program for Ontario.
Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne
Letter to Hon. Tim Hudak
Letter to Hon. Andrea Horwath
Letter to Mike Schreiner

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For further information, please contact:

Theresa McClenaghan
Executive Director & Counsel
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Cell: 416.662.8341
E-mail: theresa@cela.ca

Zee Bhanji
Coordinator
Low-Income Energy Network
Tel: 416.597.5855 ext. 5167
E-mail: bhanjiz@lao.on.ca

Mary Todorow
Policy Analyst
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Tel: 416-597-5855 ext. 5173
E-mail: todorom@lao.on.ca

February 6th, 2014

Register now for the 2014 LIEN annual conference!

Registration is now open for the LIEN annual conference, “Celebrating a Decade of Low-Income Energy Advocacy”.

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto

What:
A gathering for social service agencies, low-income and affordable housing advocates, environmental organizations, anti-poverty groups, community legal clinics, and representatives from government agencies and utility companies, to celebrate our successes in the past 10 years and plan for future action on low-income energy issues such as:

  • Rising electricity prices and the establishment of a low-income rate affordability program
  • Evaluating and improving the Ontario Energy Board’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
  • Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by March 18, 2014.

Draft agenda for LIEN 2014 conference

Registration is now closed.