LIFE 2018 Statewide Conference


Through interactive and innovative sessions, attendees can expect to learn new skills and gain expertise about 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. A preliminary listing of tracks and session topics is below, subject to change. Bookmark the conference agenda webpage and check back for updates on agenda details as they become available soon.

Energy Policy

  • Update on the New York State Public Service Commission Affordability Proceeding and Utility Low-Income Payment Assistance Programs
  • Overview of the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) and Low-Income Access to Distributed Energy Resources
  • Health and Energy Efficiency
  • Rate Design and Fixed Charges: Focus on Low-Income Residents
  • Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Residential Customers

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • Passive House Projects on the Ground
  • Fostering Access to Solar in Affordable Housing
  • Reforming the Energy Vision in Action: REV Demonstration Projects
  • Community Solar: Overcoming Barriers to Low- to Moderate-Income Access to PV 

Program and Initiative Updates

  • Healthy Homes Projects on the Ground
  • Energy and Health: Managing Thermal Extremes
  • Opportunities for Affordable Housing Owners: RetrofitNY, Multifamily Performance Program, Real Time Energy Management
  • Clean Energy in Environmental Justice Communities
  • NYSERDA’s Community Energy Engagement Program: Current Activities and Opportunities

Consumer Protections and Education

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach: What Your Clients Need to Know about the Full Suite of HEAP Programs
  • Energy Conservation for Low-Income Customers: How You Can Help Your Clients Help Themselves
  • Update on the New York State Public Service Commission ESCO Proceeding and Activities

Related Initiatives and Special Topics

  • Deep Dive into New York's Low- to Moderate Income Market Segment
  • Public/Private Partnerships: Focus on Affordable Housing
  • Best Practices for Proposal Preparation and Presentation
  • Supplemental Assistance Programs

Contractor and Technical Training

  • What is an Energy Audit?
  • Heating 101
  • Retrofitting Manufactured Housing
  • Zonal Pressure Diagnostics
  • Electric Baseload Reduction
  • Healthy Homes Evaluator Training

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.