|HB 0570||Heat-Related Utility Services to Low-Income Persons|
|Sponsor:||DOUGHERTY||Handling House Bill:|
|Last Action:||02/13/95 - Referred H Consumer Protection Committee|
HB0570 Dougherty, Patrick
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HB 570 -- Energy Assurance Program
This bill requires the Public Service Commission to implement an energy assurance program for low-income, high energy users by October 1, 1996. The Commission and participating utilities will mutually develop the program, but minimally it must include processes to allow participants to make income-based payments for current heating bills and earn credits to retire previous arrearages. An energy conservation education program will also be included. The household eligibility level for participation will not be greater than 125% of the poverty level, and eligibility determinations for the state low-income energy assistance program can be used for the energy assurance program. The Office of the Public Counsel and the Department of Social Services will assist in program development and implementation.
The commission will evaluate the program and provide a report to the General Assembly by January 1, 1998, and each year thereafter. Program administrative and evaluation costs are considered administrative costs of the commission. The commission may adopt cost-recovery mechanisms for any program-- related net costs incurred by participating utilities.