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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 16 December 2002



H E A D L I N E S

 

* Briefing:  Harnessing Clean Energy to Clean Our Air

* Briefing:  Critical Housing Needs

* Letter:  LIHEAP Funding

 

 

BRIEFING:  HARNESSING CLEAN ENERGY TO CLEAN OUR AIR

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, December 18, will organize a briefing on clean air and clean energy.  The session is part of a series of distributed energy roundtables.  Speakers will include David Bassett, recently retired from the Department of Energy's Office of Distributed Energy and Electricity Reliability; Jia Li with the Center for Clean Air Policy; and Joel Bluestein with Energy & Environmental Analysis, Inc.

 

The December 18 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:30 am in room 122 of the Cannon House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

 

 

BRIEFING:  CRITICAL HOUSING NEEDS

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The Northeast Midwest House and Senate Coalitions, together with the Center for Housing Policy and the Housing Assistance Council, are sponsoring a briefing on Monday, December 16, on critical housing needs.  The session will be based on two recently-released reports -- "America's Working Families and the Housing Landscape 1997-2001" and "Taking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing at the Turn of the 21st Century."

 

The December 16 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:30 am in 122 Cannon House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).

 

 

LETTER:  LIHEAP FUNDING

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Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking signatures on a letter asking the president to provide $1.7 billion in regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding and $300 million in contingency funds for fiscal 2003, and at least these amounts for fiscal 2004.

 

LIHEAP is the primary federal program available to help low-income households and senior citizens pay their home energy bills.  States are serving less than one-fifth of the 29 million households eligible for assistance, and the Energy Information Administration forecasts that the price of home heating fuels this winter could rise 19 percent for natural gas and 45 percent for heating oil.

 

The deadline for signatures is Monday, September 23.  Interested Senate offices can contact Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

 

A similar LIHEAP letter will be developed on the House side.  Please contact:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497) for more information.