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The conference began even before attendees arrived with volunteers preparing registration bags.

NLIEC Chairperson Cindy Datig opened the conference with an observation that more than 700 people were in attendance. Outgoing NFFN Chair Greg Sawyers thanked all those who made the event possible. Representatives of Xcel Energy were presented with a plaque acknowledging their support for the conference.
Ray Gogel, the chief administrative officer of Xcel Energy, was on of the speakers at the conference's opening general session. Mayor John Hickenlooper of Denver spoke about his city's commitment to affordable energy and conservation Former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart was the keynote speaker at lunch on Monday, offering his observations on energy policy. The Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Denver Hotel was filled for every luncheon and general session.


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The 2008 National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference: Mile High Solutions featured 61 well attended workshops (like these three sessions above), two hot topics sessions and two off-site tours, as well as plenary sessions and general session speakers.




University of Colorado at Boulder professor Patricia Limerick (on the left) moderated the first plenary session of the conference, Energy Policy and Its Impact on Consumer Prices. Panelists included Alan Nogee of the Union of Concerned Scientists, John Harpole of Mercator Energy and Janee Briesemeister of AARP.




Public policy increasingly impacts the price of electricity, natural gas and other heating fuels. Issues concerning domestic fuel production and environmental initiatives can do and affect 
No Deposit Bonus With No Max Cashout energy prices for all consumers. A nearly standing-room-only crowd attended the plenary session on Tuesday morning to learn about public policy issues from the perspective  of
the fossil fuels industry, environmental community and regulatory low-income advocates.

     Many Americans, particularly at lower income levels, are hard hit by high gasoline prices. Increasing demand for oil results in higher

     gasoline and heating oil prices, greater air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and reduced energy security. Since the

     transportation sector is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. oil use and one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative

     that consumers take simple yet important steps to be more fuel efficient. The National Low Income Energy Consortium and the

     National Fuel Funds Network are partnering with the Alliance to Save Energy in the Drive $marter Challenge, a campaign intended to

     show middle- and low-income drivers how to reduce gasoline consumption and save money. At Tuesday's luncheon, Alliance to Save

     Energy President Kateri Callahan discussed the new campaign and encouraged attendees to become participants.

Joel Eisenberg of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (on the left), was the moderator for the second plenary session of the conference, Climate Change
Legislation and Its Impact on Low-Income Families. Panelists included (from left to right), Rafe Pomerance of Clean Air-Cool Planet, Charlie Harak of the National Consumer Law Center
and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Bureau of Consumer Services Director Mitch Miller was given the 2008 NLIEC Achievement Award for his consistent leadership in championing low-income energy issues. The organization's highest honor was presented to Miller by NLIEC Chairperson Cindy Datig. Outgoing and new NFFN Board Chairpersons Greg Sawyers and Sue Montgomery Corey presented NFFN's highest honor, the Sister Pat Kelley Award, to Carol Clements, the former NFFN board chairperson. She was recognized for her exemplary achievement furthering NFFN’s objectives of increasing public awareness of low-income energy problems, advancing low-income energy policy and promoting charitable energy assistance. Roger Rees, executive director of Oregon HEAT accepted the Victorine Q. Adams Award from NFFN. The award recognizes institutional innovation and achievement by a nonprofit NFFN member. The 2008 award recognized Oregon HEAT for establishing an oil recycling program to help lessen the energy burden of low-income Oregonian and reduce the level of petroleum waste products in the state. Valeria Bullock of PECO -- An Excelon Company was presented with the NFFN Corporate Excellence Award recognizing outstanding achievement by a company on behalf of low-income consumers. The company was honored for its commitment to providing services and assistance to low-income customers in the Philadelphia area.

© 2009, National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference, presented by the National Fuel Funds Network and National Low Income Energy Consortium