NH Lawmakers Call on State to Use American Rescue Plan Funds for Home Energy Bills

In a letter sent Friday to Governor Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire, the New Hampshire congressional delegation asked the state for additional funding to help cover energy costs for Granite Staters as utility rates are expected to increase in the coming months. will rise significantly. >>Related: New Hampshire residents warned of ‘drastic increases’ in electric bills “What we hope to achieve is find ways to provide relief,” said D-New Hampshire Representative Chris Pappas. Currently, New Hampshire provides assistance to select residents through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The delegation calls on the state to open that door to more people and establish a similar program to help residents who are currently ineligible. “We know that everyone struggles with everything from gas prices to just the cost of living in general,” said Senator Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire. gov. Sununu told News 9 that the state is working to provide assistance to people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. “We’ve already talked about using our LIHEAP funds, our energy efficiency funds from last winter. We have about $7 million and are enabling people to apply for energy assistance so that people can keep those ACs on and for the next 6 months. able to pay pretty high electricity bills,” said Sununu. Sununu added that the state also has plans for winter. “We are going to double the amount we will be going for fuel oil assistance this winter. In addition to working with the legislature to fund some additional funds that will increase eligibility for people who sign up for these programs, both this summer and this winter,” he said. sununu. On Wednesday, the governor is expected to unveil a plan for expanded aid for the summer and winter months.

In a letter sent Friday to Governor Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire, the New Hampshire congressional delegation asked the state for additional funding to help cover energy costs for Granite Staters as utility rates are expected to increase in the coming months. will rise significantly.

>>Related: New Hampshire residents warned of ‘drastic increases’ in electric bills

“What we hope to achieve is to find ways to provide relief,” says D-New Hampshire Representative Chris Pappas.

Currently, New Hampshire provides assistance to select residents through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The delegation calls on the state to open that door to more people and establish a similar program to help residents who are currently ineligible.

“We know everyone struggles with everything from gas prices to just the cost of living in general,” said D-New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan.

Governor Sununu told News 9 that the state is working to provide assistance to people who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

“We’ve already talked about using our LIHEAP funds, our energy efficiency funds from last winter. We have about $7 million and are enabling people to apply for energy assistance so that people can keep those ACs on and pay what no doubt electricity bills will be quite high in the next 6 months,” said Sununu.

Sununu added that the state is also planning for the winter.

“We’re going to double the amount we’re going to get for fuel oil assistance this winter. We’re also working with the legislature to fund some additional funds that will help make people eligible for these programs both this summer and this winter,” said Sununu.

On Wednesday, the governor is expected to unveil a plan for expanded aid for the summer and winter months.

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