LIHEAP Purchasing Power Continues to Decline

The average grant to a homeowner from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the most comprehensive federal program for helping low-income families pay their energy bills, will cover about 43.4% of the cost of home heating next winter, according to estimates. This number is down from 46% last year and almost 50% during the winter of 2010–11.

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Energy Round Table with Congressmen Paul Tonko and Ben Ray Luján

This spring, we are happy to welcome to the Energy Round Table two former state energy officials, U.S. Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), both of whom joined the House Committee on Energy & Commerce this year. We are excited that a former member of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and a former member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), respectively, have joined the congressional committee responsible for energy policy.

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Quick Questions: Larry Dawson

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Larry Dawson, Director of the Illinois Office of Energy Assistance, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, is the incoming chair of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA), the primary organization for state directors of the Low Income Energy

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Quick Questions: David Wright

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As the newly elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), David Wright will serve as the primary voice for state public service commissioners, taking their message to Congress, the courts, and administrative agencies. We sat down

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Faces of LIHEAP: Mary Dykstra

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Mary Dykstra is a hard-working single mother and student. She needed LIHEAP’s help after her sister unexpectedly moved out.

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Faces of LIHEAP: Aja Rail

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Upon moving to Montana, Aja Rail became very ill while pregnant with her first child. She was forced to stop working in order to recuperate.

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Faces of LIHEAP: Kimberly Williams

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Kimberly Williams was finishing school and working full time when she found out that there was an outstanding balance on her family’s energy bill that she was not able to pay right away.

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Faces of LIHEAP: Tate Cron

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When Tate Cron lost his construction job during the economic crisis, he needed to find ways to help support his daughter in a safe environment.

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Quick Questions: Jo-Ann Choate

Jo-Ann Choate is the National Energy Policy Advisor and Special Projects Coordinator for the Maine State Housing Authority, as well as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association. We caught up with Ms. Choate to discuss rising home heating costs, possible cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, and the effect of both on low-income families across the country.

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Quick Questions: Sen. Bernie Sanders

For this issue’s quick questions we talk to Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont who has been named the chairman of the Senate Green Jobs and New Economy Subcommittee. Sanders was elected to the Senate in 2006 after spending sixteen years in the House. He has been a strong voice on energy and environmental issues and has been a supporter of LIHEAP and Weatherization.

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