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Electricity relief program to end

Posted Sept. 1, 2020

Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas commissioners approved a timeline for winding down the state’s Electricity Relief Program, which, since its creation in late March, has been providing protection from disconnection for nonpayment to Texans in dire financial circumstances.

Originally created by commission order on March 26, the Electricity Relief Program has been helping unemployed customers of retail electric providers by providing protection from disconnections for nonpayment.

Counting Texans in the program due to their inclusion on the state’s low-income list (due to participation in SNAP or MEDICAID), the Electricity Relief Program is currently protecting nearly 595,000 households from disconnection for nonpayment. In addition, more than $30 million of bill payment assistance has been provided, using funds from a rider charge applied to the bills of electricity customers across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas grid.

On Oct. 1, disconnections for nonpayment may resume for program enrollees to whom notice has been provided at least 10, but no more than 30, days in advance.

“As our economy shows signs of rebounding and social services increasingly fill the gaps, it’s time to close this chapter and move forward,” said Commissioner Arthur D’Andrea. “The entities under our purview worked hard to follow our guidance for the duration of the Electricity Relief Program and I’m confident the competitive energy marketplace will continue benefiting Texans.”

To learn more about the PUC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit the agency’s resource page.

Community Action Partners is a resource for people to obtain assistance with paying utility bills (electric, gas and propane). The program serves Fort Worth and all of Tarrant County.

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