New Electricity Bill and Gas Relief Program Approved

POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. implements the Electric & Gas Bill Relief Program, approved by the State Public Service Commission, to help low-income families and individuals across the state who have experienced hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utility customers who receive means-tested government support for utility bills and other expenses and who have delinquent balances for service through May 1, 2022, will have those balances waived through an account credit.

Eligible customers for this program will remain responsible for charges incurred after May 1.

To be eligible, customers must:

  • Enroll in the Energy Bill Discount Program or the Energy Affordability Program by December 31, 2022.

Or

  • Have received benefits under the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) or the Home Energy Assistance Program – Regular deferred allowance in the prior heating season.

Customers who are already enrolled in the bill discount or Energy Affordability program or who received ERAP or RAS benefits in the previous heating season will automatically receive a bill credit and do not need to take any action. Income-qualified customers who are not currently enrolled in a Billing Discount or Energy Affordability program may do so before December 31, 2022 to be eligible for the program.

Eligible government assistance programs include:

  • Home Energy Utility (HEAP)
  • Lifeline Phone Service Program (Lifeline)
  • Supplemental Nutritional Aid (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Veteran disability or survivor’s pension
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Housing Assistance
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (if resident on tribal lands)
  • Lead (if resident on tribal land)
  • Tribal TANF (if resident on tribal land)
  • Food Distribution Program in Indian Reserves (if resident on tribal lands)
  • Utility Guarantee / Direct Vendor Programs
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Help from the safety net

Funding for the statewide program is provided by $250 million in state aid, which will be allocated proportionally to each utility company in New York based on balances owed on income-qualified residential bills, and a temporary surcharge on utility bills.

For Central Hudson customers, the surcharge is estimated at about half a percent on utility bills for a period of one year, included in Miscellaneous (MISC on the Central Hudson Bill) to help low-income families served by Central Hudson, such as approved and ordered by the state.

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