Maryland

FY 2014/2015 Low-Income Energy Programs
Federal | State | Utility | Charitable

FEDERAL

LIHEAP Contact
Public Inquiries: 1-800-352-1446, TTY 1-800-925-4434
Website: www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=4326

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=4344

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts
Website

LIHEAP FY 2015 Funding (initial CR release)
$62,045,744

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
175% Federal Poverty Level

LIHEAP FY 2015 Benefit
Heating: $96 minimum, $1,710 maximum
Crisis: $1,791

LIHEAP Households Served (Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)
113,787

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 1 - May 31
Crisis: November 1 - March 31

State/Local

Low-Income Rate Assistance

Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
Authorized through restructuring legislation, the EUSP includes current electric bill assistance, retirement of certain old bills, and weatherization services. Its funding of $34 million per year continues but is subject to annual review and approval by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and the legislature. Eligibility: electricity customers with incomes at or below 150% FPL. Eligible customers may receive both EUSP and LIHEAP.
1-800-352-1446
1-800-925-4434 (TTY)
www.dhr.state.md.us/how/energy/eusp.htm

Universal Service Protection Program (USPP)
Available to LIHEAP recipients, USPP reduces and evens out monthly utility payments by subtracting the amount of the LIHEAP benefit from a customer's yearly bill and dividing the remainder by twelve months. Those who keep on payment plans are eligible for credits from some utilities (see below).
www.dhr.state.md.us/how/energy/uspp.htm

Transitional Emergency, Medical, and Housing Assistance (TEMHA) 11
Low-income households of adult disabled persons are paid monthly with TEMHA 11 funds, of which $40 is designated to energy assistance. Contact the nearest local Department of Social Services.
www.dhr.state.md.us/how/srvadult/temha.htm

Local energy tax dollars are given in a rebate to low-income households in two counties. In St. Mary's County, a payment of $55 is sent to MEAP households. In Prince George's County, the MEAP grant is $72 per household.

Utility

Low-Income Rate Assistance

The largest utility, Baltimore Gas and Electric, and many smaller utilities offer deposit, reconnect fee and application fee waivers to qualifying customers.

Baltimore Gas and Electric
Customer Assistance Maintenance Program (CAMP)
Under the CAMP, customers who participate in the Universal Service Protection Program can qualify to earn monthly bill credits ranging from $7 to $12. The amount of credit is based upon income.
Call 410-685-0123 in Baltimore, or 1-800-685-0123 outside Baltimore
www.bge.com/portal/

Allegheny Power
Call 1-800-255-3443 for information on energy assistance plans.

PEPCO
Residential Aid Discount (RAD)
This program offers eligible PEPCO customers who do not have all-electric heating a 63% discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours in summer months (June - October) and a 32% discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours in winter months (November - May) For the typical RAD customer, this translates into a savings of $12 per month in the summer and $6 per month in the winter or $102 per year. For eligible residential customers who have all-electric heating the discount is 38% on the first 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity used in summer months (June - October) and a 51% discount on the first 700 kilowatt-hours in winter months (November - May). For the typical RAD customer, this translates into a savings of $20 a month or $240 a year.
DC Energy Office, 202-673-6750 or Pepco, 202-833-7500
www.pepco.com/home/billing/payment/support/default.aspx

Washington Gas Light Company
Residential Essential Service (RES)
MEAP-eligible residents who use natural gas for home heating and who are current on their utility bills may be eligible to receive discounts on a portion of their Washington Gas bills during the winter heating season. The discount could be worth up to $135. For more information, contact the Maryland Department of Human Resources Energy Hotline at 1-800-352-1446.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

Allegheny Power
Call 1-800-255-3443 for information on energy assistance plans.

Columbia Gas
Low Income Weatherization Program
A free program, for customers with low incomes and higher gas usage, that identifies an energy picture of a home and takes action to seal up areas of heat loss.
To learn more about the LIW Program or start the application process, call the Allegany County's Energy Assistance Program at 301-777-8550 if you reside in Allegany County. If you reside in Washington County, call Maryland Energy conservation Services, Inc. at 301-797-3822. If you are unable to reach the LIW office, call 1-800-537-7431
www.directlinkeservices.com/nisource/portal/md/

Baltimore Gas and Electric
Income Limited Energy Efficiency Program
Qualifying households become eligible for installation of energy-saving measures following a comprehensive home energy audit performed by an energy advisor who is a certified building science professional. If you qualify, this audit and any follow-up improvements are included in your current BGE service at no additional cost. Improvements may include:

Eligibility:

If you already receive MEAP or EUSP assistance, then you may schedule an appointment for your comprehensive home energy audit by calling 877-685-7377. If you do not currently receive MEAP or EUSP assistance, you must first apply for energy assistance through MEAP or EUSP. Contact your local agency to apply: www.dhr.state.md.us/ohep/local.php

Emergency Charitable Assistance

Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.

Fuel Fund of Maryland, Inc.
The Fuel Fund also helps customers that use oil or other fuel sources. FFCM is an umbrella organization comprised of local fuel funds in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
www.fuelfundmaryland.org/get-assistance.shtml#contacts-start for local contacts.
www.fuelfundmaryland.org/

The Victorine Q. Adams Fuel Fund
The Victorine Q. Adams Fuel Fund (formerly the Baltimore City Fuel Fund) was organized in 1979 with a seed grant of $10,000 from Baltimore Gas and Electric. It pays up to $125 to clients facing shut-offs, provides utility credits toward arrearages and operates an emergency oil program, which provides 100 gallons of oil to eligible families at nominal cost. Applications for assistance are taken through two Mayor's Crisis Resource Centers.
Mayor's Crisis Center East 410-396-4433
Mayor's Crisis Center West 410-396-4777

Berlin Electric
Energy Assistance Program
Energy assistance for those who were not able to get help through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program and are facing termination of service if they are not able to pay their bill. Community donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the town. Shore UP! will administer the program for Berlin.
410-749-1142

Chesapeake Utilities
Sharing Program
The Sharing Program assists elderly, disabled or fixed income households with winter heating costs. Applications for the grants are available through Shore-Up at 410-749-1142.

Columbia Gas
Dollar Energy Fund Hardship Program
Eligible Customers, at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, receive a one-time grant applied directly to their bill. Applicants should contact their local community action agency.
www.dollarenergy.org/need-help/application-process/

Delmarva Power (Conectiv)
Good Neighbor Fuel Fund
Delmarva matches customer contributions with a donation from shareholders. A household must first apply for LIHEAP. Funds are administered by the Salvation Army.
Salisbury 410-749-3077
Elkton 410-996-0241
Bel Air 410-939-3535 x 22
www.delmarva.com/home/billing/payment/support/default.aspx

Allegheny Power
Community Energy Fund
Funded by private donations in partnership with Allegheny Power. The program provides emergency assistance for energy and utility needs such as electricity, gas, wood, kerosene, and fuel oil. However, grants only will be provided for the primary heating sources.
Frederick County, 301-694-2410
Garrett County, 301-334-9431
St. Mary's County, 301-274-4474
Washington County, 301-797-4161

Columbia Gas
HeatShare
Provides energy grants to customers for use in offsetting arrears or restoring service to terminated utility accounts. The fund is designed for customers with low incomes who have exhausted all other available energy assistance programs.
1-800-537-7431
www.directlinkeservices.com/nisource/portal/md/

Southern Maryland Electric Coop
Tri-County Fuel Fund
Funded by the Southern Maryland Electric Company's Project Match, private donations and fund-raisers. The Fuel Fund provides assistance with electric, wood and fuel oil and serves 3 counties. Grants from this fund are given to an applicant who has received a utility termination notice and has applied for MEAP.
Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties, 301-274-4474

Washington Gas
Washington Area Fuel Fund
The Washington Area Fuel Fund, operated by the Salvation Army, aids customers who need assistance paying their home heating bills. Contact the Salvation Army in the following counties: Montgomery, 301-515-5354; Prince George's, 301-277-6103; Calvert and Charles, 301-645-1561 and St. Mary's, 301-769-2788.
www.pepco.com/_res/copy%20of%20documents/lines_aug-06_md.pdf

Page last updated: October 22, 2014