CURRENT PROGRAMS Rate Assistance
- Gas Residential Energy Assistance Tariff (GREAT)
- Northwest Natural Gas customers with incomes at or below 150% FPG can receive up to $1,000 annually in assistance.
- Home Energy Lifeline Program (HELP)
- Puget Sound Energy customers with incomes up to 150% of FPG can receive a benefit of up to $1,000 annually based on a calculation related to energy use.
- Low-Income Bill Assistance (LIBA)
- PacifiCorp customers with household incomes at or below 150% FPG can receive discounts applied to every kWh over 600 kWh; based on three income brackets: 0%-75% FPG, 76%-100% FPG, and 101%-150%; lowest bracket receives highest discount. Discount provided November 1 - April 30.
- Low-Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRAP)
- Avista customers with household incomes at or below 125% FPG; Discounts determined by local agencies as funding is given by company in grant form. Pilot provides assistance to fixed-income customers between 126 – 200 % of FPG. - Maximum grant amount is $1550
- Washington Energy Assistance Fund (WEAF)
- Cascade Natural Gas Corporation customers with incomes between 125%-150% FPG can receive up to $500 annual discount.
- City of Richland
- Low-Income Senior/Disabled Discount: Service charge waived and 15% discount on energy charge on electric bills for customers at least 62 years old or with a disability that have incomes at or below 125% FPG. Individual must be sole occupant / primary responsible for energy bill AND permanent resident
- City of Tacoma
- Offers discounts to seniors who are at least 62 years old; people with disabilities; and generally to low-income customers. All discounts apply to households with incomes no more than 150% FPG.
- Peninsula Light Company
- Low-Income Senior Discount: Must be at least 62 years old and meet income eligibility requirements. Receive 25% discount on bill.
- Low-Income Disabled Discount: Meet requirements proving disability. Receive 25% discount on bill.
- Seattle City Light
- Utility Discount Program: 60% discount on electric bills for customers with incomes at or below 70% of state median income. this program now includes inclusion of subsidized housing.
Public Utility Districts (PUDs)
- Low-Income Senior Discount: 14 PUDs offer this. Eligibility generally starts at 62 years of age with income levels for some programs starting as low at 125% FPG. Discounts range from 5% to 35% based on the PUD, including some programs that offer tiered discounts based on income level.
- Low-Income Disabled Discount: 10 PUDs offer this. Eligibility is based on meeting each program's disability requirements and income guidelines, which start as low as 100% FPG for some PUDs. Discounts range from 5% to 35%, including some programs that offered tiered discounts based on income level.
- General Low-Income Discount: 3 PUDs offer a general low-income discount to customers meeting the PUD's income requirements. The discounts range from 10% to 60% depending on the PUD.
- Low-Income Weatherization (LIWAP)
- Eligibility: Customer of Avista, PacifiCorp, or Puget Sound Energy with household income at or below 200% FPG.
- Services include: various insulation measures; caulking and weather stripping; installment of efficient showerheads; and various heating/cooling upgrades.
- Rate Assistance/Discounts
- All 5 regulated IOUs
- 14 PUDs offer some form of low-income discount
- Some municipals and cooperatives, including the cities of Seattle and Tacoma
- Energy Efficiency
- LIWAP: Many utilities provide funding to the state's Matchmaker Program
Annual Funding (2016)
- GREAT: $733,060
- HELP: $18.1 million
- LIBA: $1.09 million
- LIRAP: $6.7 million
- WEAF: $1.05 million
- LIWAP: $4.57 million
Municipals and Cooperatives
- Seattle City Light: $9.2 million
- Tacoma Public Utilities: $2.14 million
- Smaller municipals and co-ops: $320,000 (estimate)
Public Utility Districts
- Snohomish: Senior and Low-Income Discount: $6.4 million
- Clark: $1.41
- Six smaller PUDs: $2.8 million in discounts (estimate)
Households Served (2016)
- GREAT: 5774 (estimate)
- HELP: 21,325
- LIRAP: 13,000
- Avista: (currently unavailable)
- PacifiCorp: 136
- Puget Sound Energy: 2,148 measures installed (some homes receive multiple measures)
- Smaller Gas Utilities: 60 (estimate)
Municipals and Cooperatives
- Seattle City Light: 14,000
- Tacoma: 9,973
- Two Smaller: 1,500 (estimate)
Public Utility Districts
- Snohomish: 18,000
- Clark: 2,824
- Six smaller PUDs: 13,200 (estimate)
- Investor-Owned: Both rate assistance and efficiency funded through customer surcharges.
- Municipals and Cooperatives: Rate assistance built into their rate structure.
- Public Utility Districts: Rate assistance built into their rate structure.
- Investor-Owned: Contract with local community action agencies.
- Municipals and Cooperatives: Some run their own programs and some partner with community action agencies.
- Public Utility Districts: Some run their own programs and some partner with community action agencies.
LEGISLATION Authorizing Reports
- Avista Utilities, Low-Income Energy Efficiency Report, Sept. 1, 2010
- Eastern Washington University, Assessing Heating Assistance Programs in Spokane County, January 2010