May 16, 2014 — According to data released by the American Gas Association (AGA), utilities provided about $3.7 billion in assistance to low-income customers in 2012. The AGA reported the funding in three categories: rate assistance (discounted rates, arrearage forgiveness, hardship funds); weatherization and energy efficiency; and contributions to fuel funds. The following table provides a breakdown of the funding.
Low-Income Assistance Programs: 2012 Rate Assistance Energy Efficiency Fuel Funds Total Low-Income Assistance $2,969,578,407 $694,594,457 $20,473,041 $3,684,645,905
"Natural gas utilities are members of the communities they serve, and this assistance is a testament to their commitment to helping their neighbors," said Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of the American Gas Association.
The AGA noted that the $3.7 billion in energy assistance for low-income customers was "roughly equal" to federal energy assistance during Fiscal Year 2012:
AGA Report Federal Programs Rate Assistance $2.99 billion $3.47 billion (LIHEAP) Weatherization $695.6 million $217 million (DOE WAP/ ARRA) TOTAL $3.7 billion $3.69 billion Note: Numbers have been rounded
Source: American Gas Association