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Register now for the 2013 LIEN annual conference!

Registration is now open for the LIEN annual conference, "Navigating Ontario's New Low-Income Energy Landscape".

Final Agenda for 2013 LIEN annual conference

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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…



LIEN webinar: Exploring an Electricity Rate Affordability Program for Ontario's Low-Income Consumers

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Online (webinar)

What: With electricity bills projected to increase by 46% from 2010-2015, low-income residential consumers in Ontario (about 733,000 households) may face housing affordability problems and could be forced to make difficult spending decisions such as paying for heat or food. To proactively address this looming crisis, the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is working with a consultant Roger Colton, a U.S. based expert on low-income energy issues, to develop a ratepayer-funded electricity rate affordability program along with a cost estimate for delivering it to Ontario's low-income consumers.…

LIEN Currents, Winter 2013 issue

LIEN currents - Winter 2013

LIEN Energy Poverty Toolkit

The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) has designed an energy poverty toolkit. Inside the manual you will find:

  • a backgrounder on energy poverty that outlines the problem
  • a summary of existing low-income energy programs in the province and the current landscape
  • a list of barriers and common issues facing low-income energy consumers
  • examples of how to work locally to end energy poverty in your community
  • tips for dealing with your local media, including a sample opinion piece that can be tailored
  • helpful conservation tips
  • other resources, such as statistics

LIEN's energy poverty toolkit is intended to be a "living document" which will continue to be altered, amended…

LIEN Currents, Fall 2012 issue

LIEN currents - Fall 2012 issue

LEAP Emergency Financial Assistance Manual for 2012

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has posted an updated LEAP Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Manual for 2012, which includes an updated Income Eligibility Chart.   The updated LEAP EFA Program Manual is effective starting September 19, 2012.

LEAP manual

The OEB has also posted the results of the LEAP EFA and Winter Warmth programs reported by electricity and natural gas distributors for 2011.

Results of the LEAP EFA and WW programs

Act Now to Save Housing Supports for people on OW and ODSP!

The Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) and the Home Repairs Benefit were both eliminated in the 2012 budget. The cuts will come into force in January 2013.

CSUMB can be used to prevent disconnection of utilities (gas, electricity, water) or to restore utility services if there has been a disconnection of service. It can also be used for utility deposits. The Home Repairs Benefit can be used to repair or replace unsafe electrical wiring, and furnaces or wood stoves.

Cutting these benefits is the wrong decision!

Click here to send an email against these cuts

LIEN regional workshop - Windsor 2012

LIEN regional workshop in Windsor on Friday, April 13, 2012

LIEN is offering a workshop on low-income energy poverty issues! The workshop will be hosted by the Homeless Coalition of Windsor-Essex County.

This FREE workshop offers great networking opportunities and will provide participants with information on available energy assistance and conservation/efficiency programs in Ontario.

Who is this workshop for?

Workshop participants may come from a wide range of experience and organizations. Ideally they will include:

  • Staff or community members who want to be better able to assist low-income consumers in their own communities
  • Individuals who are actively involved…

LIEN webinars on Ontario's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is pleased to present a two-part webinar series on the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which has been rolling out in stages this year. LEAP was established as a result of the OEB's consultation on low-income energy consumer issues in which LIEN actively participated.

LEAP has three components:
- Emergency financial assistance (rolled out in January 1, 2011)
- More flexible customer service rules for low-income consumers (came into force on October 1, 2011)
- Targeted energy conservation programs offered by gas and electric utilities (staggered rollout)

The webinar presentations will be given by staff at the Ontario Energy Board,…




LIEN open letter to the Premier re: Ontario Energy Board decision to deny approval for Toronto Hydro conservation programs

July 26, 2011

OPEN LETTER

The Honourable Dalton McGuinty,
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

Dear Premier,

RE: OEB decision to deny approval for Toronto Hydro energy conservation programs

I am writing on behalf of the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) to share our serious concerns about the pullback on funding for energy efficiency and conservation programs in Ontario.

Low-income energy conservation programs play a vital role in assisting vulnerable consumers to lower their energy bills, maintain healthier and…





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Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
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