New York

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

Federal

LIHEAP Contact
Public Inquiries: 1-800-342-3009
Website: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
Local Department of Social Services Offices

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts
Website

LIHEAP FY 2015 Funding (initial CR release includes tribal awards)
$343,907,432

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
60% State Median Income

LIHEAP FY 2015 Benefit
Heating: $21 minimum, $625 maximum
Cooling: $800 maximum
Crisis: $75 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served (Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)
Heating: 1,457,448
Cooling: 2,564

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 17- December 31
Cooling: May 1 - August 31
Crisis: January 2 - March 16

State/Local

A Home Energy Allowance is provided to public assistance recipients from state and local funds; New York law exempts the collection of utility sales tax from certain public assistance recipients; also provided from state and local funds is payment of utility arrears for public assistance clients.

Utility

Low-Income Rate Assistance

New York's eight investor-owned utilities, and one municipal power authority, have low-income energy programs totaling about $20 million per year. The programs vary considerably by utility service territory and have varying eligibility guidelines. Most offer rate assistance and one or more other services such as arrearage forgiveness, weatherization, appliance repair and replacement and aggregation.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Powerful Opportunity Program (POP)
POP offers a discounted Budget Bill that will allow you to receive from $25 to $150 off your regular Budget Bill each month based on your energy usage, household size and income. POP has an arrears forgiveness benefit that allows your past due balance to be suspended from collection activity and paid off up to $2,400 over a 24-month period when you pay your discounted Budget Bill each month. POP customers are referred to EmPower New Yorksm, and provided with measures to reduce energy costs. To be eligible for POP, a customer must have a past due balance of at least $100, enroll in monthly Budget Billing and meet HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) income guidelines. For further information or an application, please call Central Hudson at 845-452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714.
www.centralhudson.com/residential/pop.html

Consolidated Edison
212-780-6319
1-800-752-6633

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
AffordAbility Payment Plan
Enables qualified customers to make an affordable monthly payment toward their Niagara Mohawk bill coupled with an arrearage forgiveness arrangement.
1-800-724-8888

New York State Electricity and Gas

National Fuel Gas

Keyspan Energy

Long Island Power Authority
Income-Eligible Senior Energy Assistance Program
A one-time only $200 electric bill credit is available to eligible seniors who are 62 years or older. These bill credits will be made on a first-come/first-served basis based on availability of program funds. You can apply for the electric bill credit at any LIPA Customer Service Center (www.lipower.org/custserv/centers.html). Please be sure to have your proof of eligibility, with you at the time of application. Income guidelines are available on LIPA's website. Mail-in applications are also available on the website.
www.lipower.org/residential/seniors.html

Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation
Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
Two levels of assistance are available to eligible customers: EAP Basic Benefit, which offers a monthly bill credit, and EAP Limited Benefit, which offers arrears forgiveness. Assistance is available to electric and gas customers who have received a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant. Once a HEAP grant is credited to a NYSEG account or a customer has a HEAP award letter, enrollment in EAP is automatic. Enrollment in the arrears forgiveness program is limited. Applications will be sent to qualified customers as openings become available. If you haven't applied for HEAP, contact your county's Department of Social Services to apply or visit http://otda.ny.gov/main/programs/heap/.
www.rge.com/YourAccount/HEAPandEAP.html

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

New York Energy $martSM
Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
Reduces energy costs of low- and moderate-income households by providing affordable energy efficiency improvements to households that are not eligible for the federally funded Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Subsidies of up to 50% of the project cost, up to $5,000 per household are available for homeowners and renters. Contact a BPI certified contractor in your area to set up an appointment.
www.getenergysmart.org/LowIncome/HomeOwners.aspx

Consolidated Edison
EmPower New YorkSM
Cost-effective electric reduction measures, particularly lighting and refrigerator replacements, as well as other cost-effective home performance strategies such as insulation, and health and safety measures. On-site energy use education provides customers with additional strategies for managing their energy costs. Eligibility is 60 percent of state median income. There is no cost to the customer. Referrals will be accepted from participating utilities, local Offices for the Aging and Weatherization Agencies. For additional information contact Honeywell International at 1-800-263-0960.
http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-Programs/Residential/Energy-Efficiency-Programs/Home-Energy-Efficiency-Upgrades/EmPower-New-York.aspx

Long Island Power Authority
Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (REAP)
Team members provide energy efficiency education and install energy-saving devices that may include: compact fluorescent light bulbs; refrigerators; water heater insulating jackets (for electric water heaters) and for customers with electric heat or central air conditioning: central air conditioning tune-ups and filter replacements; air and duct sealing and insulation; attic and wall insulation; programmable thermostats and energy-efficient water devices.
1-800-263-6786
www.lipower.org/residential/financial/reap.html

National Grid
EmPower New YorkSM
Cost-effective electric reduction measures, particularly lighting and refrigerator replacements, as well as other cost-effective home performance strategies such as insulation, and health and safety measures. On-site energy use education provides customers with additional strategies for managing their energy costs. Eligibility is 60 percent of state median income. There is no cost to the customer. Referrals will be accepted from participating utilities, local Offices for the Aging and Weatherization Agencies. For additional information contact Honeywell International at 1-800-263-0960.
http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-Programs/Residential/Energy-Efficiency-Programs/Home-Energy-Efficiency-Upgrades/EmPower-New-York.aspx

Niagra Mohawk
Affordability Program
As part of the affordable payment plan, participants may receive energy efficiency services that include: weatherization, refrigerator replacement, waterbed mattress replacement, installation of energy efficient fluorescent fixtures, electric hot water tank and/or clothes dryer fuel switch.
1-800-443-1837

New York State Electricity and Gas
Power Partner Program
Energy services include weatherization, refrigerator replacement, water heater replacement, and health and safety measures.
1-800-284-7988
www.nyseg.com/YourAccount/payyourbill/serviceandassistance/default.html

Emergency Charitable Assistance

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

Central Hudson Gas & Electric
The Good Neighbor Fund
For those suffering from a financial crisis that makes it difficult to pay their energy bills, Central Hudson's Good Neighbor Fund provides a "last resort" grant toward Central Hudson bills for customers who have exhausted all other forms of assistance. It is funded by customer contributions and Central Hudson's stockholders and is administered by The Salvation Army.
845-452-2700 or 800-527-2714
www.centralhudson.com/residential/payment_assistance.html

Essex County
Last Stop Heating Assistance Program
Last Stop will help low- and moderate-income individuals who have trouble paying for heating but don't meet income guidelines for the federal Home Energy Assistance Program HEAP). Applicants must first have applied for HEAP and been rejected. They should be within $250 of the HEAP maximum income and not have more than $2,500 in on-hand assets. The program will provide a one-time benefit of $500 to buy fuel, which will go directly to the fuel vendor. Applicants must heat with oil, natural gas or kerosene and have one-quarter of a tank or less remaining. If they have electric heat, they must have received a shut-off notice from their utility. The Adirondack Community Action Program in Elizabethtown will administer Last Stop.
518-873-3207

KeySpan

  1. The Neighborhood Heating Fund
    Administered by HeartShare Human Services of New York, funds are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Eligibility is based on New York State HEAP income guidelines.
    718-643-4050
  2. Project Warmth
    Funded by KeySpan and customer contributions and administered by United Way of Long Island.
    631-940-3700


Long Island Power Authority
Project Warmth
Applicant must show a heating and/or fuel-related electric bill in his or her name and address that is in termination, pending disconnect or severely overdue (for any fuel source) or be financially unable to secure heating oil/propane/kerosene etc. when the tank is empty or near empty. Applicant must live in Nassau County, Suffolk County or the Rockaway area in Queens (LIPA service area). Grants are available between December 1 until March 31 or until funds are depleted. Apply at one of the local agencies listed on LIPA's website: http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/long_island_heating_bill_assis.html

National Fuel Gas Company
Neighbor for Neighbor Heat
The fund provides grants that help people prevent disconnection of their utility service or pay current or past due energy bills or purchase home heating fuel of any kind. National Fuel customers can have a tax-deductible donation added to their monthly bill that NFG shareholders match dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000.
To apply, contact The Salvation Army at 716-883-9800, extension 230, the Chautauqua Office For the Aging at 716-753-4471, or Catholic Charities at 716-856-4494 to find the nearest agency and determine the necessary documentation to bring to the application interview.
www.natfuel.com/forhome/NY/PaymentAssistance.aspx

National Grid
Care and Share
The program serves households in which a member is 60 or older, or is disabled and receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability, or is experiencing a medical emergency. Contact or visit the nearest American Red Cross chapter office.
www.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk/

New York State Electric and Gas
Project Share
Funded by the NYSEG Foundation, employees, retirees and customers. Helps eligible customers pay for energy emergencies such as fuel bills, repairs to heating equipment, home weatherization and water heater replacements. Grants of up to $200 are available to households where someone is over 60, or has a disability, or has a serious medical condition. To apply for a grant, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross.
www.nyseg.com/YourAccount/payyourbill/serviceandassistance/projectshare.html

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
Care and Share
The program serves households in which a member is 60 or older, or is disabled and receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability, or is experiencing a medical emergency. Contact or visit the nearest American Red Cross chapter office.
www.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk/

Orange County Fuel Fund
The Orange County Fuel Fund assists households that are struggling to pay their heating bills, but do not qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Program. This fuel fund, available to households in Orange County, may help cover a portion of the cost for fuel oil, natural gas, propane, kerosene, wood, pellets, or electricity. Individuals whose household income qualifies them for assistance from the Orange County Fuel Fund may be eligible for a one-time award of up to $585, which will be paid directly to the fuel provider. To find out if you are eligible for assistance from the Orange County Fuel Fund, visit the Orange County United Way's website or call 845-457-4774, ext. 3112.

Orange and Rockland Utilities
Pike County Light & Power Co.
The Neighbor Fund
To qualify for assistance, applicants must have exhausted all governmental resources for financial assistance; provide supporting documentation of their emergency or crisis circumstances (e.g., medical bills, unemployment notification); and have never before received a Neighbor Fund grant. Contact the Salvation Army offices in Spring Valley (845-352-9577), Middletown (845-343-0821) or Port Jervis (845-856-3214) or one of The Neighbor Fund community outreach centers.
www.oru.com/programsandservices/

Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation

Page last updated: November 21, 2014