Additional Funding Aids Utility Assistance Program

In response to residents staying residence extra for varsity and work as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific Gasoline and Electrical Firm (PG&E) shares methods for patrons to scale back vitality utilization by 15 to twenty p.c. This quantity is proportional to the latest enhance in California clients’ residential electrical utilization resulting from sheltering at residence, in comparison with the identical interval final yr, in accordance with the California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC).

“The continued impacts from the pandemic might proceed to vary, however our unwavering dedication to our clients throughout this unsure time won’t. We’re right here to make sure clients know they don’t seem to be alone, and PG&E affords numerous sources to assist these financially impacted by COVID-19,” mentioned Laurie Giammona, Senior Vice President and Chief Buyer Officer for PG&E.

As a part of the Coronavirus Support, Reduction, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act, the Low-Revenue Dwelling Vitality Help Program (LIHEAP) obtained a further $900 million in funding nationally, with $49 million in extra {dollars} allotted to California.

The federally funded program helps low-income households with their vitality payments. LIHEAP is overseen by the California Division of Group Providers and Improvement (CSD) and administered by nonprofit businesses that may assist financially impacted residents in offering help towards their vitality invoice. Eligibility for this system is decided by earnings, family measurement, place of residence, and different components. PG&E will not be chargeable for administering this program. To seek out the native LIHEAP company in your space to use, go to csd.ca.gov/energybills.

To benefit from extra packages, instruments and financial savings alternatives, PG&E recommends clients change into extra aware of the next:

• Prospects can apply for CARE on-line at pge.com/CARE. Making use of is straightforward and solely takes about 5 minutes. Qualifying clients will start receiving the CARE program low cost inside their subsequent billing cycle. Certified households can save 20 p.c or extra every month on their vitality invoice.

• Separate from CARE, income-qualified households with three or extra individuals can apply for the Household Electrical Price Help (FERA) Program at pge.com/FERA for an 18 p.c low cost on their electrical invoice.

• Reduction for Vitality Help by means of Group Assist (REACH) supplies earnings certified clients with monetary help throughout instances of hardship. Prospects impacted by COVID-19 shall be supplied with as much as a further $100 in invoice cost help by means of March 4, 2021.

• Prospects on the Medical Baseline program won’t be requested to re-certify by means of a health care provider or different eligible medical professionals for as much as one yr. Residential clients who’ve particular vitality wants resulting from sure qualifying medical circumstances can obtain a decrease fee on month-to-month vitality payments.

• Funds Billing averages clients’ month-to-month vitality prices to assist month-to-month cost quantities stay extra constant, even when vitality use adjustments considerably from season to season.

 

Go to pge.com/covid19 to learn extra about PG&E’s response to the virus.