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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 rates.

From September 22nd - 25th, LIEN attended the OEB Consultation on Energy Issues Relating to Low-Income Consumers. The consultation provided an opportunity for interested stakeholder to make presentations on low-income energy issues relating to 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.

Click on the link to view theĀ LIEN presentation at the OEB.

LIEN, the low-income energy burden in Ontario and the impact of non-action

The attached presentation gives an introduction to the Low Income Energy Network (LIEN), and the environmental context in which it operates, including a background on electricity restructuring, the low-income energy burden, energy and the environment, and the barriers to conservation for low-income consumers.

The mission statement, origins and accomplishments of LIEN are presented, along with the impacts of non-action.

Finally, some sources for additional information are provided.

LIEN and the low-income energy burden in Ontario

A presentation given by LIEN at the Building Partnerships for Energy Conservation Workshop in January 2005. The workshop was hosted by Climate Air Connections and the Clean Air Foundation.

Regulated Price Plan and low-income consumers

A presentation given by LIEN in September, 2004 at the Ontario Energy Board's initial consultation on the Regulated Price Plan.

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