Need help with your power bill?
Energy Assistance is available in the form of a monthly bill credit.
Fill out the Energy Assist Form HERE.
How do I qualify for the program?
You must currently be on the standard Residential rate, and have qualified for assistance through another program for low-income households (see list on other side). If you verify that you are active with another source of assistance, you will qualify for the Energy Assistance Credit. Once the application has been processed and approved, the rate will be effective on your next bill.
How much do I get?
- 1-person household: $25/month ($300/year)
- 2-person household: $31/month ($372/year)
- 3-person household: $37/month ($444/year)
- 4-person household: $43/month ($516/year)
- 5-person household: $49/month ($588/year)
- 6+ person household: $55/month ($660/year)
Is there an income limit?
The Energy Assist program is not based on income, but simply participation in other programs that serve low-income households. If you participate in a program that is not listed on the application, please contact us to see if you qualify. If you do not participate in any other programs, we encourage you to contact your local family resource center or assistance agency to find out where you may qualify for help.
How is the program funded?
The program is funded through rates as a separate line item on each co‐op member’s monthly bill. Everyone pays the Energy Assistance line item – even those who receive a credit.
Will the PAL program continue?
Yes – the PAL program will continue, funded from voluntary co‐op member donations. PAL provides help ONE TIME each year when members are in a pinch. Qualified members are eligible for both PAL and the Energy Assistance Credit.
How long does the program last?
The program is year‐round, and you will need to renew your application each year by April 30th. Changes may be implemented with or without notice, include increasing or decreasing credits on the rate depending on the number of participants.
Members must renew their application by April 30th each year
To renew your Energy Assist credit, you must fill out a new application each year and turn it into your OPALCO office by April 30th. Applications are available online or at your local OPALCO office. All Energy Assist participants are renewed in May, regardless of when you started.
For more information, please contact Member Services: