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Energy Poverty is closer to home than you think: one out of three households in the US struggle to pay their home energy bills – representing a significant part of the utility rate base. Federal funding is only sufficient to reach about 20 percent of eligible households leaving many struggling to keep the lights on. State and utility programs provide supplemental assistance in some regions, but support is uneven across the nation and benefits are often barely enough to keep the lights on. In addition, weatherization and more recently renewable energy programs that help reduce consumption and increase affordability have been cut to the bone, making it difficult for low-income families to climb out of energy poverty.
This session will bring together experts from the federal, state and utility sectors to discuss how this patchwork of services attempts to address energy poverty in the U.S. and the ways in which it falls short.
Panelists will include:
**Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association
**Chris Mele, Legislative Director – Energy, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
**Häly Laasme-McQuilkin, Northeast Regional Representative, National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association Board
**Nina Moussavi, Legislative Analyst, Government Affairs and Public Policy, American Gas Association
**Jessica Franks, Director, Government Relations, Edison Electric Institute
USEA Executive Conference Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004