OPALCO announced that 108 co-op members have applied for and received a monthly credit on their power bill since the new Energy Assist program began in February. The monthly bill credit ranges from $10/month (one person household) to $25/month (six or more person household). Members who meet the qualifications for other assistance programs such as Federal Free Lunch, LIHEAP or OPALCO’s Project PAL are likely to qualify for Energy Assist. Members on the Energy Assist program are also qualified for a similar bill credit with Rock Island Communications for Internet services.
“We recognize the affordability gap in San Juan County,” said Jim Lett, OPALCO Board President. “We’re committed to doing our part and hope to inspire other utilities and services in the County to dig deep and find solutions to help seniors and low-income households meet the rising cost of living in the islands. The sustainability of our communities depends on it.”
The application for the Energy Assist program is available online, and paper copies can be picked up at your local OPALCO offices and at island Family Resource and Senior Centers.