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MARYLAND RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
    • Eligibility: Customer of participating electric utilities; 175% or less FPG
    • Electric bill discount ranging from 17% to 40% of annual bill, depending on income, average benefit $351
Arrears Management
  • Arrearage Retirement Assistance
    • Must be at least $300 or more in arrears, may not have received benefit in past 7 years (some waivers allowed); maximum benefit $2,000; average $954
Energy Efficiency
  • EmPower Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP)
    • Eligibility: Customer of participating electric utility, income at or less than 200% FPG
    • Attic, floor, wall insulation; hot water system improvements, lighting retrofits, furnace cleaning, tuning and safety repairs; refrigerator retrofits, health and safety
Participating Utilities
  • EUSP, Arrearage Retirement and Empower Maryland
    • Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; Potomac Edison Company d/b/a Allegheny Power; Potomac Electric Power Company; Delmarva Power & Light Company; and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
Annual Funding
(2015)
  • EUSP: $39.5 million
  • Arrearage Retirement: $17 million
  • LIEEP: $38.3 million
Households Served (2015)
  • EUSP: 109,095
  • Arrearage Retirement: 17,815
  • LIEEP: 19,220
Funding Mechanism
  • EUSP: Surcharge on all customer classes; residential customers 36%; industrial/ commercial pay 76%
  • LIEEP: Surcharge on all customer classes
Administration
  • EUSP and Arrearage Retirement: Dept. of Human Resources/ Office of Home Energy Programs (LIHEAP grantee)
  • LIEEP: Dept. of Housing and Community Development (WAP grantee)
LEGISLATION
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