LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference

Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE)

LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference: May 22-23, 2018

New York State: Leadership in Advancing Clean Energy Solutions for Low-Income Residents and Communities

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in cooperation with the LIFE Steering Committee, are proud to announce the LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference will be held on May 22 and 23, 2018 at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, New York.

Through interactive and innovative sessions, attendees can expect to learn new skills and gain expertise about energy assistance programs, low-income energy policy, emerging energy issues, innovative programs, consumer protections, and best practices. The Conference features more than 40 workshops, including valuable trainings for contractors, community-based organizations (CBOs), and attorneys. For organizations looking to expand their outreach to low-income energy stakeholders, the Conference offers exhibitor opportunities. Come network with colleagues in the low-income energy field and honor the 2018 LIFE Achievement Award winners.

Don’t miss the premier New York State low-income energy event! 



The LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference includes a full schedule of important and timely program and policy updates, educational presentations, and interactive workshops that directly impact attendees’ jobs and the services provided to clients. The agenda includes a track of sessions valuable for contractors, community-based organizations (CBOs), and attorneys who would benefit from learning about low-income energy issues.

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Exhibitor Opportunities

Organizations seeking to expand their outreach to low-income energy stakeholders can take advantage of the LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference exhibitor opportunities. The exhibitor area will be open throughout the Conference. There are special times reserved during the event to allow conference attendees to focus on exhibitors.

Become an Exhibitor

Tour of the New York State Capitol Building

Sitting majestically atop Albany’s State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 25 years. Today the building is undergoing extensive restoration to maintain and protect it for future generations of New Yorkers. Many of the restorations are complete, so even if you have seen the Capitol before, you won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to take the updated tour with other LIFE Conference attendees.

The NYS Office of General Services will facilitate a guided tour of the New York State Capitol Building on Tuesday, May 22. There is no cost to attend the tour, but a reservation is required. The tour group will leave the Albany Capitol Center lobby promptly at 5:45 pm. Please note that transportation to and from the Capitol Building is the responsibility of the tour participant. The Capitol Building is located 0.3 miles from the Albany Capitol Center. Participants are invited to walk together as a group, but Lyft and Uber car services are available in Albany.

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Attorney Training

The Public Utility Law Project will provide a training that instructs attorneys on the rights conferred by Article 2 of the Public Service Law that pertains to the right of the consumer to obtain and maintain utility services; the availability of public assistance and financial programs to assist residential customers experiencing either the threat of, or actual termination of utility services; and statutes, regulations, and case law supporting New York’s public policy of maintaining energy service; and the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation as cost-containment measures.

Attorneys and interested parties attending ONLY the attorney training on May 22 will pay a $50 registration fee for the training. Financial assistance is available for attorneys with income at or below $50,000/annual, as required by the New York State Unified Court System. For those attorneys registering for the full Conference, the attorney training is included in the full conference registration fee.

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LIFE has established a scholarship to assist individuals from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal organizations, and educational institutions who are unable to afford the cost of conference registration.

The scholarship application deadline has past. Please contact with questions.  

2018 LIFE Achievement Award

As part of the LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference, the LIFE Steering Committee will honor those individuals who have made extraordinary efforts towards addressing the issue of energy affordability for low-income New Yorkers.

The LIFE Steering Committee encourages conference participants and others to nominate a deserving colleague so that their efforts can be recognized by the LIFE community. In addition to the Award, recipients will receive complimentary registration for the conference.

The award nomination deadline has past. Please contact with questions. 

You have reached the event website for the Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE), an initiative co-supported by the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Planning for the LIFE 2019 Regional Meeting Series is currently underway. Visit to learn more about this initiative and related activities.