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About the Coalition
A New Organization
On November 7, 2013, following extensive research and with the concurrence of legal counsel, the Boards of Directors of both the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) with the consent of its membership and National Low Income Energy Consortium (NLIEC) voted unanimously to merge. The establishment of the new, combined organization called the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) required that the Secretaries of State from the states where NFFN (Missouri) and NLIEC (Delaware) originally incorporated record the merger agreement for it to take effect. That occurred November 14.
Mission and Goals. The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) is a broad-based coalition of diverse organizations dedicated to heightening awareness of the energy needs of low income energy consumers, fostering public-private partnerships and engaging in other activities to address these needs. To meet this mission, it set the following goals: to increase awareness and understanding of the nature and magnitude of low-income energy problems among the various publics; formulate and advance low-income energy policy through compilation, analysis and dissemination of data and information; provide information and technical assistance in the creation and development of fuel funds; promote the development of statewide and regional fuel funds networks; improve communications and coordination and take all action necessary, appropriate or convenient to the achievement of the foregoing purposes.
Programs. There are no changes to our signature events – Action Day and the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference – as a result of the merger. The new organization will look to offer more elements to its program, communications, member benefits etc.
Be watching here for details on the next Washington Action Day for LIHEAP. The event gives our members the opportunity to visit their local representatives in Washington, DC, to advocate for and educate on the need for and benefits of energy assistance for low income families. The Low Income No Deposit Bonus With No Max Cashout Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is the cornerstone of energy safety net programs and the advocacy of our members is an important part of the survival of this critical resource.
The 2015 National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference will be held June 22-24-20, 2015, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. The location is on Baltimore's historiic Inner Harbor and is just a short walk from great restaurants, shopping and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
These are very exciting times. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the NFFN by the late Sister Pat Kelley. Sister Pat was intimately involved in both NFFN and NLIEC and her vision remains the bedrock of the work that will continue under the new banner of NEUAC. With Sister Pat Kelley’s vision as a guiding light, we move forward toward common goals and see now as the perfect time to unite for a singular focus.
Visit the following websites to find archives for the National Fuel Funds Network and the National Low Income Energy Consortium:
NFFN – http://www.nationalfuelfunds.org
NLIEC – http://www.nliec.org
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