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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 from government agencies and utility companies, to share information on low-income energy issues such as:

  • Rising energy prices and the need for a low-income rate affordability program
  • Addressing energy affordability within the context of the Ontario Energy Board's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
  • Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers

There will also be a special keynote address from the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board, Ms. Rosemarie T. Leclair.

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 20, 2013.

Registration is now closed.

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 has renewed its efforts to advocate for such a program and is working to build public awareness about, and support for, this proposal. The webinar will begin with an overview of LIEN's advocacy activities and culminate with a detailed presentation of the electricity rate affordability program.

Who: Presentations by Roger Colton, Mary Todorow, Zee Bhanji

How:  https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=56izkd9ql46m OR http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/86159

Space is limited so register today!

UPDATE: For the audio recording and presentation slides, please go to: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/86159

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 in energy awareness and conservation campaigns and want to explore certain topics in greater depth
  • Low-income individuals who, having experienced energy poverty, can offer insight into what kind of information might be beneficial to them

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Location: St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, 201 Riverside Drive West

Register Now!

Fill in the online registration form below

OR

Contact your local representative in Windsor:
Danette Dutot
519-256-1831
ddutot@citizen-advocacy.ca

Registration is now closed.

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, Ontario Power Authority, Enbridge Gas, Union Gas and LIEN.

Space is limited so please register today!  

Webinar 1: Thursday, November 10, from noon - 1pm
- LIEN's energy poverty strategy
- LEAP emergency financial assistance, new customer service rules, compliance & enforcement issues
Presenters: Zee Bhanji/Mary Todorow, Lenore Dougan, Donna Kinapen
Facilitator: Barb De Ruyter

* Registration for webinar 1: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=7d4x80h9tkxc

UPDATE: For the audio recording and presentation slides, please go to: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/83055  

Webinar 2: Tuesday, November 15, from noon - 1pm
- LIEN's energy poverty strategy
- OPA low-income conservation programs
- Gas utilities' low-income conservation programs
Presenters: Zee Bhanji/Mary Todorow, Nicole Hynum, Erika Lontoc, Tracey Brooks
Facilitator: Barb De Ruyter

* Registration for webinar 2: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=est16qmg68f2

UPDATE: For the audio recording and presentation slides, please go to: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/83068

 

LIEN annual conference 2011 - Toronto

"Working in Harmony on Ontario's Low-Income Energy Future"

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West

CONFERENCE MATERIALS
Conference kit

Agenda for LIEN 2011 conference

LIEN_energy poverty manual_

2009 Ont stats on appliances by income quintile 
2009 Ontario stats on heating equipment 
List of participants 
Speaker biographies
Breakout session questions 
Evaluation form 

Presentations
The OEB's LEAP program - Takis Plagiannakos 
Low-Income Energy Conservation and Efficiency: An Update from the OPA - Andrew Pride 
The impact of suite metering on low-income consumers - Mary Todorow 
Customer service code amendments for low-income consumers - Jennifer Lopinski 
Enbridge Gas low-income programs - Bill Chihata 
Union Gas low-income programs - Tracey Brooks

2011 LIEN annual conference - mark your calendar!

LIEN will be holding its annual conference on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at the Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto, from 9am to 4pm. More information, including registration details, to follow in the coming weeks via email and on the LIEN website.

LIEN regional workshop - Kingston 2010

LIEN regional workshop in Kingston on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LIEN is focusing on building the capacity of its network members and other organizations to become "experts" or "resource people" on low-income energy issues in their communities. To facilitate this, LIEN is in the process of developing an Energy Poverty Training Manual/Toolkit.

This FREE workshop offers great networking opportunities, activities, and an opportunity to provide feedback on LIEN's draft manual.

The LIEN workshop will be facilitated by Barb De Ruyter and hosted by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.

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 are well-positioned to train others in using the toolkit and who also want to be better able to assist low-income consumers in their own communities
  • Individuals who are actively involved in energy awareness and conservation campaigns and want to explore certain topics in greater depth

The workshop and subsequent manual will enable you to:

  • Provide up-to-date and targeted advice on energy poverty to low-income households, groups and agencies across Ontario in order to raise awareness
  • Provide energy efficiency advice and conservation tips to encourage the reduction in energy consumption (and therefore a reduction in energy bills)
  • Support groups and agencies that provide advice to low-income energy consumers so as to ensure maximum take-up of available programs

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Location: 1200 Princess Street, Sisters of Providence Motherhouse, Kingston

For more information, contact the LIEN Coordinator:

Call toll free: 1-866-245-4182 ext. 5167
Email: bhanjiz@lao.on.ca

LIEN webinar 2010

The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) invites you to participate in a webinar hosted by CLEONet on Wednesday, October 20 from 1.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.

Background:
LIEN is focusing on building the capacity of its network members and other organizations to become "experts" or "resource people" on low-income energy issues in their communities. To facilitate this, LIEN is in the process of developing an Energy Poverty Training Manual/Toolkit.

The aim of the webinar will be to:
1. Introduce key concepts of the manual so as to enable us to develop a draft based on feedback
2. Enable participants to highlight issues relevant to their organizations or communities so that they are reflected in the manual

Space is limited so register now! For further details, including registration, please visit http://www.cleonet.ca/events/1666

LIEN Annual Conference 2010 - Toronto

"Forging Ahead: Shaping Ontario's Low-Income Energy Future"

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street

CONFERENCE MATERIALS
Conference kit

Agenda
LIEN 2-pager
Closing the gaps
Info sheet on low-income energy efficiency/conservation programs
Info sheet on low-income energy assistance programs
Breakout session questions
Acronyms
Evaluation Form

Presentations

Keynote address - Bruce Pearce (Vice Chair, GCC; Vice President, CHRA)

Reports from the regulatory frontlines - Paul Manning (Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers)

Out of the Red: financial emergency energy assistance - Jennifer Lopinski (APCH), Debra Johnston (Salvation Army Centre of Hope)

Into the Green:energy conservation and efficiency in low-income housing [part 1] - Theresa McClenaghan (CELA)

Into the Green:energy conservation and efficiency in low-income housing [part 2] - Bridget Doherty (Sisters of Providence)

Protecting Low-Income Energy Consumers - Mary Todorow (ACTO)

CPCHE/CELA Healthy Retrofits Project - Erica Phipps

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 in breakout sessions and activities.
  • Relate what you've been learning to your own   neighbourhood.
  • Network with fellow tenant advocates and activists.

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: College Avenue Community Centre, 3325 College Avenue, Windsor

Register Now!
Option 1: Fill in the online registration form: www.torontoenvironment.org/workshops
Option 2: Email or fax the registration form to the LIEN Coordinator.

Contact information for LIEN Coordinator
Call toll free: 1-866-245-4182 ext. 5167
Email: bhanjiz@lao.on.ca
Fax: 1-416-597-5821

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Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
c/o Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
1500 - 55 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2H7
Phone: 416-597-5855 ext. 5167
Toll-free: 1-866-245-4182 ext. 5167
Fax: 416-597-5821
Email: info@lowincomeenergy.ca