Conservation Council’s Citizens’ Assembly on Electricity Affordability and Energy Poverty

How do we keep electricity affordable, while renewing the electricity system so it pollutes less?

Are you experiencing energy poverty, spending six to 10 per cent of your household income on energy?

How might government and utilities lower energy bills while modernizing the electricity system?

Would you like to participate in a Citizens’ Assembly to answer these questions and make recommendations to federal and provincial governments and utilities on how to keep electricity affordable and eliminate energy poverty, while eliminating carbon and air pollution from the electricity system? 

Energy poverty is a term used to describe households that spend between six and 10 per cent of their household income on energy to heat and cool homes and for transportation. A Citizens’ Assembly is a process where people come together to consider an issue, supported by expert reports and advisors. A facilitator helps participants consider the facts, share their personal experience, and to identify areas of agreement and disagreement that can inform recommendations to decision-makers on opportunities to improve electricity affordability and reduce energy poverty. 

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is hosting a Citizens’ Assembly Friday evening, Jan. 26 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Jan. 27, 2023. The event will be online and will include 12 New Brunswickers living in rural and urban communities, with different household incomes, educational backgrounds, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

If you are interested in participating in this important event, we ask you to consider the following:

  1. Do you have access to reliable internet, computer and camera so you can join us for the Citizens’ Assembly?
  2. Can you spare enough time to read the background materials we will share with you to help prepare you to participate in the Citizens’ Assembly?  Reading background materials may take you three to four hours.
  3. Can you attend an online event that will take place online via Zoom on January 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then the next day, Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.?
  4. Can you read reports on energy affordability and energy poverty that are in English (we will provide material in French where they are available)?

If you want to participate in the Conservation Council’s Citizens’ Assembly on Electricity Affordability and Energy Poverty, and you answered yes to these four questions, please take the next step and complete this short survey. We need to ask you a few simple questions about yourself so that we ensure we have a Citizens’ Assembly that represents New Brunswick society in terms of age, gender, income, education, community type, culture and language. 

 Successful applicants will each receive an honorarium of $150 for your contribution. 

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