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COLORADO RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • Black Hills Energy Assistance Program (BHEAP)
    • Qualifications: Black Hills Energy customers that are LIHEAP recipients with incomes at or below 150% FPG; agree to participate in WAP; and enroll in Budget Billing Plan.
    • Receive a fixed monthly credit on their bills determined through company-devised formula.
  • Customer Assistance Program (CAP)
    • Qualifications: Colorado Natural Gas customers that are LIHEAP recipients with incomes at or below 150% FPG.
    • Receive a company-calculated bill credit in conjunction with a LIHEAP credit.
    • Maximum gas payment made follows these percentages of income burden:
      • Household income at or below 75% FPG: 2% of income
      • Household income exceeding 75% but at or below 125% FPG: 2.5% of income
      • Household income exceeding 125% but at or below 185% FPG: 3% of income.
  • Energy Affordability Program (EAP)
    • Qualifications: Xcel Energy customers that are LIHEAP recipients and enroll in Average Monthly Payment Plan. Qualified customers have three options:
      • PIPP: Bill credit determined as 1/12 of the difference between the customer's estimated bill and 3% of the customer's annual household income.
      • Step Bill Discount (SBD): Households at or below 100% FPG receive a 25% discount based on their last 12 months of usage. Customers between 100%-150% FPG receive a 20% discount based on last the 12 months of usage.
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan Low-Income Program (PIPPLIP)
    • Qualifications: Atmos Energy customers with incomes at or below 150% FPG that are LIHEAP recipients.
    • Receive a fixed monthly credit on their bills determined through company-devised formula.
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)
    • Qualifications: SourceGas customers that are LIHEAP recipients with incomes at or below 125% FPG.
    • Maximum gas payment made follows these percentages of income burden:
      • Household income at or below 75% FPG: 2% of income
      • Household income exceeding 75% but at or below 125% FPG: 2.5% of income
      • Household income exceeding 125% but at or below 185% FPG: 3% of income.
Arrears Management
  • BHEAP
    • Monthly arrearage credit for Black Hills Energy customers equal to 1/24 of the pre-existing arrearage so outstanding balance is reduced to $0 over 24 months. Customer must pay down outstanding balance to $300 before being allowed to enroll in program
  • CAP
    • Reduces outstanding balances for Colorado Natural Gas customers to $0 within a 12 month period.
  • EAP
    • PIPP: Credit designed to retire outstanding balances for Xcel Energy customers over 12 months for customers with arrear of $500 or less; or over 24 months for customers with outstanding balances over $500.
    • SBD: One-time credit of up to $200 is applied to arrears.
  • PIPPLIP
    • o One-time forgiveness of total arrearages for newly-enrolled Atmos Energy customers in the program.
  • PIPP
    • Credit reduces outstanding balances for SourceGas customers to $0 over 12 months.
Energy Efficiency
  • Income Qualified Program (IQP)
    • Single and Multi Family: Services include energy education, on-site energy audits, direct installation of
      low-cost natural gas water heating measures, and weatherization measures.
    • Energy-Efficiency Kits: Customized efficiency measures, educational materials, and instructions to help customers self-install measures.
  • Low-Income Program (LIP)
    • Eligibility up to 200% FPG for Xcel Energy customers (for energy kits must also be enrolled in LIHEAP)
    • Services include: Distribution of energy-saving kits that include low-flow showerheads/aerators and CFLs; and weatherization assistance./li>
  • Low-Income Assistance Program (LIAP)
    • Single and Multi Family: Installations may include insulation and air sealing, faucet aerators, low flow shower heads, storm windows, programmable thermostats.
  • Income Qualified Program (IQP)
    • Single Family Weatherization: Services include energy education, on-site energy audits, direct installation of low-cost natural gas water heating measures, and weatherization measures.
    • Energy-Efficiency Kits: Include customized efficiency measures, educational materials, and instructions to help customers self-install measures.
    • Propane-to-Gas Conversion: Subsidies to convert heating and hot water appliances from propane to natural gas.
Participating Utilities
  • BHEAP and LIAP: Black Hills Energy
  • CAP and RLIP: Colorado Natural Gas
  • EAP and LIP: Xcel Energy
  • PIPPLIP and IQP: Atmos Energy
  • PIPP and IQP: SourceGas
Annual Funding (2015)
Rate Assistance

  • BHEAP: $1.3 million
  • CAP: $37,769
  • EAP: $6.8 million
  • PIPPLIP: $49,296
  • PIPP: $163,628

Energy Efficiency

  • LIAP: $133,579
  • IQP - CNG: $13,073
  • IQP - Atmos: $218,121
  • LIP: $5 million
Households Served (2015)
Rate Assistance

  • BHEAP: 1,877
  • CAP: 180
  • EAP: 24,009
  • PIPPLIP: 571
  • PIPP: 4,375

Energy Efficiency

  • LIAP: 442
  • IQP-CNG: 25
  • IQP-Atmos: 486
  • LIP: 16,696
Funding Mechanism
  • BHEAP: "BHEAP Funding Fee" charged to all Black Hills customers.
  • CAP: Monthly surcharge for all Colorado Natural Gas customers.
  • EAP: Built into the "Service and Facility Charge" charged to all Xcel customers.
  • PIPPLIP: Built into "Service and Facility Charge" charged to all Atmos customers
  • PIPP: "Income Payment Plan Cost Adjustment" charged to all SourceGas customers.
  • IQP: "Demand-Side Management Cost Adjustment" charged to all Atmos and SourceGas customers.
  • LIP: "Demand-Side Management Cost Adjustment" charged to all Xcel customers.
  • LIAP: "Demand-Side Management Cost Adjustment" charged to all Black Hills customers.
  • RLIP: "Demand-Side Management Cost Adjustment" charged to all Colorado Natural Gas Customers.
Administration
  • BHEAP: Partner with Colorado LIHEAP
  • CAP: Partner with Energy Outreach Colorado and Colorado LIHEAP
  • EAP: Partner with Colorado LIHEAP
  • PIPPLIP: Partner with Energy Outreach Colorado and Colorado LIHEAP
  • PIPP: Partner with Colorado LIHEAP
  • IQP:Partner with Energy Outreach Colorado
  • LIP: Partner with Governor's Energy Office and Energy Outreach Colorado
  • LIAP: Partner with community action agencies
LEGISLATION
Authorizing
REPORTS / EVALUATIONS