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PENNSYLVANIA RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

PENNSYLVANIA RATEPAYER FUNDED PROGRAMS

CURRENT PROGRAMS
Rate Assistance
  • Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs)
    • Percentage of income payment plan where customer's utility payment is based on income and/or utility bill. Some programs include arrearage forgiveness; others provide flat rate discounts or bill credits.
    • Eligibility: generally at or below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines (FPG) and customer has made a payment agreement with their utility
Energy Efficiency
  • Low-Income Usage Reduction Program (LIURP)
    • Services: all types of insulation, heating system treatments and replacements, water heating tank and pipe wraps, water heater replacements, compact fluorescent lighting, refrigerator replacement, water bed replacement with a form-fitted foam mattress, incidental repairs and conservation education
    • Eligibility: targeted to 150 percent of FPG, up to 20 percent of annual budgets may be spent on customers with incomes between 150 percent and 200 percent of FPG
Participating Utilities
  • Rate Assistance and Energy Efficiency
    • 7 largest electric utilities
    • 7 largest gas utilities
    • 1 electric and gas utility
Annual Funding (2014)
  • Rate Assistance: $238.2 million (electric); $122.7 million (gas)
  • Energy Efficiency: $30.4 million (electric); $18.2 million (gas)
Households Served (2014)
  • Rate Assistance: 282,669 (electric); 164,543 (gas)
  • Energy Efficiency: 21,511 (electric); 5,163 (gas)
Funding Mechanism
  • Rate Assistance and Energy Efficiency
    Non-bypassable distribution service charges, all gas and electric residential customers contribute
Administration
  • Rate Assistance: utilities and community-based organizations
  • Energy Efficiency: utilities with PUC oversight
LEGISLATION
Authorizing
  • SB 1475 (4/96) Electricity Generation Customer Choice & Competition Act
  • HB 1331 (6/99) Natural Gas Choice and Competition Act

 

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