October 2, 2020 – The recently updated Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act includes $4.5 Billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
September 25, 2020 – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services (WV DHHS) has stated that a supplemental benefit payment is being distributed to utility customers who received assistance from The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The supplemental benefit amount is $125.
September 18, 2020 – The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has voted to extend the utility moratorium in Wisconsin until November 1. The extension is in result of a recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Customers are urged to make payment plans “If you have been unable to pay your utility bills, contact your utility to arrange a payment plan or seek public assistance now, and while funding is available,” said PSC Chairwoman Rebecca Cameron Valcq.
September 11, 2020 – The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has a new energy assistance program called the Virginia COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program, designed to assist families affected by COVID-19 with energy assistance. The program was created with $23.4 million in CARES Act funding.
September 4, 2020 – Indiana’s Duke Energy is helping assist utility customers affected by the pandemic to pay their utility bills by providing $300,000 in energy-assistance funds. To qualify for this assistance, an applicant must meet eligibility requirements and be a customer of Duke Energy.
“These funds, in combination with federal Low-Income Energy Assistance dollars administered by the state, can help hundreds of Hoosiers with energy costs during a challenging time,” said Stan Pinegar, President of Duke Energy Indiana.
August 28, 2020 – Nicor Gas in Illinois is offering utility bill payment assistance through their COVID-19 Bill Payment Assistance Program. The program, operating through Nicor Gas, announced that they still have more than $4.5 million in bill payment assistance remaining for utility customers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 21, 2020 – The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to extend the moratorium ban on utility shutoffs until October 1, 2020. Last month, the PUC voted to extend the moratorium until September 1, 2020.
August 17, 2020 – The Office of Community Services (OCS) released a Dear Colleague Letter for an invitation to LIHEAP grantees and stakeholders to comment on the Council on Economic Mobility’s (Council) request for information. The Council recently published a request for information to gather feedback from all of it stakeholders.
August 14, 2020 – The Ohio Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program has been extended until September 30th this year, and additional information is available for participants. The program assists households with utility bills in the summer heat or obtain air conditioning units.
August 7, 2020 – The annual National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) virtual conference was held this week. The theme for this year’s conference was “United We Stand,” and had over 650 attendees. The conference was hosted virtually this year in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic.