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PA PUC Votes to Launch “Home Energy Burden” Study

March 24, 2017 – Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioners have voted to explore the sensitive issue of how much low-income customers should be required to pay for monthly energy costs. State policy established in 1992 sets the limit at 17 percent of the household’s income.

PUC Vice-Chairman Andrew G. Place and Commissioner David W. Sweet say that the steady volume of complaints from low-income customers who are unable to keep current on their discounted payment plans suggest that the state’s limit for its customer-assistance programs “may be too high.”

Texas Residents Pay it Forward Through Direct Energy Program

March 17, 2017 – With the close of the Lite-up Texas Program, low-income households across Texas are looking for other assistance to pay their electricity bills. Direct Energy’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program offers support for over 30 agencies in the state of Texas. Since 2003, according to the company, customer donations and funds provided by Direct Energy have helped over 53,000 customers pay their electric bills.

Texas Residents Pay it Forward Through Direct Energy Program

March 17, 2017 – With the close of the Lite-up Texas Program, low-income households across Texas are looking for other assistance to pay their electricity bills. Direct Energy’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program offers support for over 30 agencies in the state of Texas. Since 2003, according to the company, customer donations and funds provided by Direct Energy have helped over 53,000 customers pay their electric bills.

Proposed WA Program Will Reduce Disabled and Senior Citizen’s Utility Bills

February 24, 2017 – Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners are working on the final details of a new program that would directly benefit low-income elderly and disabled residents of Jefferson County, Washington.

Kenneth Collins, a Public Utility District commissioner, said he and his colleagues will vote to implement the new program on March 7, 2017. It will be implemented in mid-March if it passes, said Collins.

New Hampshire’s Fuel-Aid Eligibility Guidelines Increased

February 3, 2017 – The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning have increased the income eligibility guidelines for fuel assistance in New Hampshire, which means significantly more families will have access to much-needed fuel assistance this heating season.

“It is life threatening in New Hampshire to run out of fuel,” said LIHEAP manager Celeste Lovett. “Low fuel can be dealt with, but no fuel is dangerous.”

Events Bring Music, Food, Fun and Heating Assistance

January 20, 2017 – Across the country, non-profits and fuel funds are kicking off campaigns to provide low-income energy assistance. In some places, community events are used to raise funds. Vermont and West Virginia are hosting such events in January and February. Vermont will start the “Ski for Heat” event on January 21, and West Virginia will kickoff the “Warming Hands and Hearts” Initiative on February 1.

Vermont’s Ski for Heat Event

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