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Energy Assist Program

The Co-op family can help when times are tough

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OPALCO offers energy assistance to its members when they are challenged to pay their electric bills. Energy Assist provides a bill credit every month based on household size. Members apply online or through their Family/Community Resource Center – and must re-enroll each April.

Energy Assist FAQs

Eligibility for Energy Assist 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 to find out where you may qualify for help. During COVID-19, simply check the COVID box to qualify for 60 days.

You must currently be on the standard Residential rate, be a year-round resident and have qualified for assistance through another program for low-income households. 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.

To renew your Energy Assist credit, you must fill out a new application each year by April 30th. Applications are available online or at your local Family/Community Resource Center. All Energy Assist participants are on the same renewal cycle, regardless of when they joined the program.

Energy Assist (EAP) is year‐round – a credit on your bill every month. You 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. If you are qualifying because of COVID-19, the program is good for 60 days and may be renewed if funding is available.

The program is year‐round, and you will need to renew your application each year by April 30th. To renew, simply fill out the online application again, or go to your local Family/Community Resource Center. Changes may be implemented with or without notice, include increasing or decreasing credits on the rate depending on the number of participants.

For 2022:

1-person household: $32.67/month
2-person household: $38.91/month
3-person household: $45.15/month
4-person household: $51.39/month
5-person household: $57.63/month
6+ person household: $63.87/month

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.

OPALCO members participating in the low income Energy Assist program (EAP) can get a $25 bill credit from Rock Island if they show the assistance amount on a copy of their bill.

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