This federal website serves as a hub for information about the variation that exists among LIHEAP grantees in the operation of their programs. We also provide the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) service, which refers households needing assistance to a local LIHEAP office and other assistance entities if available. To learn more about the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, please see the “Who We Are” page.
Utility Moratoriums Now in Effect in Some States
October 23, 2020 – As the winter months approach, some state’s utility moratoriums are going into effect to protect low-income utility customers from having disconnects during winter conditions. Minnesota’s “Cold Weather Rule,” for example, went into effect Oct 15 to protect low-income utility customers from disconnections during the cold, winter months.
Moratoriums in each state are either date-based or temperature-based. States such as Alabama and Arizona utilize a temperature-based moratorium of 32 degrees while Connecticut, along with other states, utilize a date-based moratorium from November 1 through May 1. Some states, like Arkansas, use both.
Since the COVID pandemic, moratoriums have gone into effect around the country outside of the typical date-based or temperature-based protection periods. A live view of these changes and updates is available on the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website, made possible by The Energy and Policy Institute.
Cold Weather Rule Begins in Minnesota
October 16, 2020
New Iowa Program Assists Low-Income Utility Customers
October 9, 2020