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LIEN Currents, Spring 2010 issue

LIEN currents - Spring 2010 issue

Mark your calendar - upcoming LIEN conference!

The LIEN annual conference will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Oakham House, Ryerson University, Toronto.

This exciting (and free) event is a gathering for anti-poverty, affordable housing and environmental advocates to share experiences and engage in an action agenda on low-income energy issues.

More information, including registration and agenda, to come within the next few weeks.

OEB LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) initiative halted!

The Minister of Energy and Infrastructure is in the process of developing a province-wide integrated program for low-income energy consumers. As a result, the Minister has requested that the OEB not proceed with the LEAP implementation in advance of a ministerial direction. The Minister further indicated that the MEI, in the development of its program, would build upon the work the OEB has undertaken to date.

For more information:

OEB letter: http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca/OEB/_Documents/EB-2008-0150/letter_LowIncome_NextSteps_20090928.pdf

MEI letter: 

There has Never Been a Better Time Not to Buy a Reactor

For immediate release                                        June 3, 2009

Conditions have changed and the McGuinty government should support its own Green Energy Act by deciding against buying new nuclear reactors this summer, say thirteen prominent environmental organizations in an open letter to the Premier.

The groups say there has never been a better time not to buy a nuclear reactor, and they urge the Premier to forgo spending billions on new nuclear and instead put his Green Energy Act to work by replacing the aging Pickering B nuclear station with green energy.

"Nuclear costs are increasing, electricity demand is falling and the province has put in place the conditions for green power to play an…

LIEN Currents, Winter 2008/2009 issue

Winter 2008/2009 issue

New OEB program to protect low-income consumers from rising energy costs: Board's comprehensive, province-wide approach commended by advocates

For immediate release                                        March 10, 2009

TORONTO - The Low-Income Energy Network today commended the Ontario Energy Board for establishing the new Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) and recognizing the needs of low-income energy consumers in Ontario. LIEN was responding to an OEB report released today following consultations held last fall.

The OEB instituted its consultation on low-income energy issues after LIEN secured a ruling from Divisional Court which found that the OEB has the jurisdiction to take affordability into account as part of its statutory mandate to set just and reasonable rates. This sets an important…

Green Energy Act holds promise of affordable utility bills for poor - but conservation measures must be coupled with rate assistance

(Toronto) The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is encouraged by provisions in the proposed Green Energy Act (GEA) that could fund conservation programs targeted to low-income Ontarians to help reduce their household energy use and bills.  Such programs can ensure that our most financially disadvantaged citizens will not be left behind as Ontario develops a robust conservation culture.

The province's poorest households, struggling to pay for their housing, food, transportation, medicine and other basic necessities, simply do not have the money to invest in effective measures for deep energy savings, such as weatherization, insulation, and energy efficient heating equipment and appliances.  Low-income tenants face additional…

LIEN Currents, September/October 2008 issue

September/October 2008 issue

LIEN regional workshop - Windsor

SAVING ENERGY: A TENANT ACTION WORKSHOP

This free workshop offers great networking opportunities, activities, and an inside peek at how tenants can take the lead to save energy, money, and make their neighbourhoods a better place to live! The workshop is led by Toronto Environmental Alliance, supported by LIEN, and hosted by hosted by Homeless Coalition Windsor-Essex.

What to expect

  • Get inspired by real-life examples of how tenants have successfully run their own energy conservation programs.
  • Learn step-by-step how you could kick-start your own energy conservation program.
  • Collect ideas, advice, tools, and resources to help you along the way.
  • Participate…

Ontario Energy Board stakeholder consultation on low-income energy issues

Due in part to the May 16th decision in LIEN's Divisional Court appeal that found the OEB does have jurisdiction to implement rate affordability programs for low-income residential consumers, the Board announced on July 2nd that it was starting a consultation process to examine energy issues associated with low-income consumers, such as rate assistance, arrears management, disconnection procedures, emergency assistance, service charges (i.e. late payment fees, reconnection charges), and low-income conservation and demand management programs. Despite the Divisional Court appeal decision, however, the Board still has not decided about whether or how they should exercise their jurisdiction to consider the ability to pay when setting utility…

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