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Utilizing Community Solar for LIHEAP Income-Qualified Households Webinar

Register Join the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for an October Energy Efficiency Month panel event, “Utilizing Community Solar for LIHEAP Income-Qualified Households.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance has announced this special training opportunity in connection with Energy Efficiency Month in October. The webinar will feature community solar efforts from Illinois, the District of Columbia, and Minnesota and hear from national partners at the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). Grant recipients will discuss community solar structure and national partners will describe ongoing efforts to encourage collaboration across different programs with LIHEAP administrators on income-eligible community solar. Audience members will be encouraged to submit questions for a live Q&A. More information can be found in the Dear Colleague Letter from the Division of Energy Assistance here.

NEUAC & AGA State Resource Directory Webinar

The National Energy and Utility Assistance Program (NEUAC) partnered with the American Gas Association (AGA) to create a single online directory of resources for energy assistance, organized by state. The project includes a clickable map detailing:

  • Disconnect moratoria,
  • LIHEAP statewide programs with state administrating agency,
  • Information on LIHEAP use of funds and demographics,
  • Utility-funded assistance resources,
  • Grassroots and faith-based resources,
  • Universal services funds, PIPPS, and other fuel funds.

Join us on Friday, October 20, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET for a free webinar to learn more about this newest resource to fight energy poverty. NEUAC’s Executive Director, Katrina Metzler, will provide attendees with an overview and how-to of the tool and more.

Register here.

Webinar Opportunity: Learn about our State Resource Directory

The National Energy and Utility Assistance Program (NEUAC) partnered with the American Gas Association (AGA) to create a single online directory of resources for energy assistance, organized by state. The project includes a clickable map detailing:

  • Disconnect moratoria,
  • LIHEAP statewide programs with state administrating agency,
  • Information on LIHEAP use of funds and demographics,
  • Utility-funded assistance resources,
  • Grassroots and faith-based resources,
  • Universal services funds, PIPPS, and other fuel funds.

Join us on Friday, October 20, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET for a free webinar to learn more about this newest resource to fight energy poverty. NEUAC’s Executive Director, Katrina Metzler, will provide attendees with an overview and how-to of the tool and more.

Register Today!

Continuing Resolution passes, government shutdown averted: Policy Update

FY 2024 Continuing Resolution

Congress worked through the weekend to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through November 17, signed by the President hours before the midnight deadline.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will continue via the resolution at the FY 2023 funding level of $4 billion.

NEUAC will keep our members informed as funding moves from the federal level to state, tribe and territory grantees.

Webinar Opportunity: Utilizing Community Solar for LIHEAP Income-Qualified Households

Utilizing Community Solar for LIHEAP Income-Qualified Households
October 26, 2023, 2:30-3:30 PM ET 

Register in advance Join the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for an October Energy Efficiency Month panel event, “Utilizing Community Solar for LIHEAP Income-Qualified Households.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance has announced this special training opportunity in connection with Energy Efficiency Month in October. 

The webinar will feature community solar efforts from Illinois, the District of Columbia, and Minnesota and hear from national partners at the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).

Grant recipients will discuss community solar structure and national partners will describe ongoing efforts to encourage collaboration across different programs with LIHEAP administrators on income-eligible community solar. Audience members will be encouraged to submit questions for a live Q&A.

More information can be found in the Dear Colleague Letter from the Division of Energy Assistance here.

Federal Government Shutdown and LIHEAP: Policy Update

A federal government shutdown is looming.
What are the implications for LIHEAP?

Action Request: Click here to complete a brief poll for LIHEAP offices

Current Situation

Tomorrow is the final day for Congress to pass a continuing resolution (CR) in order to fund the federal government on October 1. The House is scheduled to vote early this afternoon on a 30-day CR. On Sunday, the Senate is expected to vote on its own 47-day stopgap funding measure. While it is possible one of these two bills, or a blended separate agreement, will ultimately pass and a CR will re-open government programs, a shutdown is imminent until such time an agreement is reached.

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) is interested in gathering information from LIHEAP offices on their intentions for program operations, given the likelihood of at least a short-term government shutdown. Please complete this two question poll, which will provide NEUAC valuable information for advocacy.

State Energy Assistance Resource Directory

Earlier this year, NEUAC launched a comprehensive state-by-state listing of energy assistance programs, disconnect moratoria and other resources on our refreshed website.  This could prove to be a valuable resource as communities, utilities, and energy asssistance program staff look for alternative fuel funds, faith-based programs, and other energy assistance resources in the absence of federal LIHEAP funding.

Join NEUAC to Stay Informed

NEUAC will continue to keep our members informed as the pending shutdown progresses. To join NEUAC and ensure access to these timely updates, please join NEUAC today. Your membership dues help NEUAC fight energy poverty and advocate for solutions that include LIHEAP funds.

LIHEAP Action Day 2024

View the full LIHEAP Action Day information page here.

NEUAC’s LIHEAP Action Day fly-in event connects advocates from all across the country with policymakers on Capitol Hill to communicate the importance of the LIHEAP program. Our multi-day event provides advocacy training, policy discussion, networking, and meeting scheduling.

Personalized meeting schedules for your state team will be distributed via the Whova app.

Appropriations Letter in Support of LIHEAP

On July 13, fifteen national organizations including the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition called on Congress to protect LIHEAP funds for energy assistance. Serious cuts jeopardize the health and safety of households struggling with energy insecurity, especially in light of the extreme weather affecting much of the country.

View the letter here.