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New York Sets Aside $3 million in LIHEAP funds for AC units

May 6, 2016—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the state of New York would be providing $3 million in LIHEAP funds to help keep low-income, medically-vulnerable households cool this summer through its Cooling Assistance component. Last summer, through this program, more than 4,100 households had EnergyStar-rated air conditioning units or fans installed in their homes.

ACEEE/EEFA Coalition Releases Energy Burden Report

April 22, 2016—The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Energy Efficiency For All (EEFA) recently released a report titled, “Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities.” The report explores how high home energy burden affects low-income, African American, and Latino households in major U.S. cities.

Affordability Gap Increases in FY 2015

April 15, 2016—Two recently-released studies put into perspective the home energy burden many low-income utility customers face in the United States. According to a recent white paper released by the energy equity nonprofit, Groundswell, an estimated 16 million households in the U.S. pay more than 10% of their total income on utility bills, which is more than four times higher than the average consumer.

Wyoming Legislative Committee Votes to Cut Supplemental State Funds for LIHEAP and WAP

February 12, 2016—Mineral extraction remains the main driver behind Wyoming’s economy and state revenue, but some sectors of the energy industry are starting to struggle.  These downturns have led to some proposed cuts in state funding for various social service programs, including LIHEAP and WAP.  State Senator Tony Ross and other members of the Joint Appropriations Committee lamented the need for such cuts, but stated that “the reality is everyone needs to chip in a little.”  

Indiana LIHEAP to Receive Settlement Funds from Duke Energy

February 9, 2016—Four consumers groups have dropped objections and joined a settlement with Duke Energy over the company’s 618 megawatt coal gasification plant in Edwardsport, IN. Citizens Action Coalition  (CAC), the Sierra Club, Save the Valley and Valley Watch have, until recently, been actively involved in objecting to Duke Energy raising ratepayers’ monthly rates in order to pay for the cost overruns for the new plant.

Outreach: Energy Assistance Expo Held in Baltimore

January 15, 2016—Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) teamed up once again with Maryland's Office of Home Energy Assistance Program (the state's LIHEAP grantee), the city of Baltimore, and the Fuel Fund of Maryland to hold another Energy Assistance Expo in West Baltimore at the Southern Baptist Church this past week. Other sponsors for this event included state Senator Nathaniel McFadden and other legislators from the area.

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