April 6, 2019 - The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has issued an emergency order resulting in an extension of the winter utility moratorium until May 13. Iowa’s winter heating moratorium normally runs from Nov. 1 to April 1. The extension is the result of a statewide emergency declaration by Governor Kim Reynolds due to “widespread flooding and severe weather.”
March 22, 2019 – Indiana’s state moratorium on disconnecting natural gas and electric service to customers who are behind on their bills ended on March 15. Indiana does not disconnect customer’s utility service between December 1 and March 15—if they are enrolled in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). NIPSCO is reminding their customers that bill payment assistance programs are still available.
March 15, 2019 – The Ohio Development Services Agency is reminding Ohio residents that they may apply for Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) until March 31, 2019. HEAP services provide applicants who are at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level with an assistance benefit to help pay utility bills. The benefit amount is paid directly to the fuel supplier.
March 8, 2019 – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that an additional $15 million will be available to assist New Yorkers who have faced a heating emergency following harsh winter condition caused by the polar vortex. The additional funding will assist New Yorkers through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
March 1, 2019 – Rhode Island’s Keep the Heat On program has received a donation of $100,000 from the National Grid Foundation. This is the sixth donation to Keep the Heat On from National Grid in the past six years, totaling $565,000.
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