June 13, 2019 - The 2019 Annual NEUAC Conference was held this week in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 3 through June 6. Utility representatives and non-profit members, among others, attended workshops and exhibits that highlighted issues and solutions to helping low-income energy consumers become self-sufficient. The National Energy Assistance Director’s Association (NEADA) also hosted their annual membership meeting Monday, June 3.
The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC), is a non-profit coalition of diverse member organizations and individuals dedicated to heightening awareness of the energy needs of low-income energy consumers and fostering public-private partnerships while engaging in other activities to help address those needs.
A variety of workshop sessions were available for the attendees, addressing issues, solutions, and ideas in helping low-income energy consumers become self-sufficient. Workshop topics at the conference included: Vulnerable Populations, Advancing Energy Affordability in Our Communities, Policy, Advocacy and Education, Enrichment and Growth Strategies for Nonprofit Utility Assistance Programs and Introduction to Utility Assistance Programming.
Within these workshops were a variety of detailed sessions related to each workshop topic. Some of these sessions included:
Understanding the Needs and Wants of Low Income Utility Customers
Understanding Energy Security
Fundamentals of Utilizing Data for Organizational Outreach
Winning Advocacy Strategies
Responding to Natural Disaster When Disaster Strikes
To learn about the details of these sessions and many others, check out the NEUAC conference schedule.
A highlight of the conference was the announcement of the national award winners for 2019:
Corporate Excellence Award – Atmos Energy
Victorine Q. Adams Award – Oregon Energy Fund and Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Sister Pat Kelley Award – Tanya Jones
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your vital role(s) in helping low-income energy consumers become self-sufficient!
Attendees also had the opportunity to meet with exhibitors and learn about the following companies: Active Telesource, AM Conservation Group, Community Connect Labs, Hancock Software, Heat Smart Campaign, JAI Software, LIHEAP Data Warehouse Station and others that you can read about in the NEAUC conference schedule.
The 2020 annual NEAUC conference will be held in Washington D.C.