ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State energy officials are holding a two-day conference focused on making energy affordable to people of all income levels.

The Low Income Forum on Energy gets under way Tuesday in Albany. It's hosted by the state Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The forum will bring together utility experts, state officials and ratepayer advocates to discuss ways to make energy more affordable.

Keeping the cost of electricity and gas affordable is a key challenge as states across the nation look to transition from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable forms of energy production.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was scheduled to speak at the event Tuesday but her office announced early in the day that her appearance had been cancelled because she'll be attending the Democratic state convention on Long Island.

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