Governor DeWine Announces Expanded Utility Assistance Program Eligibility

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that more Ohioans are now eligible for electricity and natural gas assistance from the Ohio Department of Development and of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO).

This afternoon Governor DeWine signed Executive Order 2022-12Dwhich authorizes the Ohio Department of Development to work in partnership with PUCO to implement emergency rules that increase the income threshold for Ohioans Payment Percentage of Income Scheme (PIPP). The threshold will increase from the current 150% of the federal poverty level to 175%. The Ohio Department of Development has jurisdiction over the PIPP for electric service, and PUCO has jurisdiction over the PIPP Rules for natural gas service.

“With rising commodity prices, Ohioans are finding it harder to pay their utility bills,” Governor DeWine said. “By expanding eligibility for utility assistance programs, more Ohioans will get the help they need to pay their bills and keep their homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter.”

PIPP helps eligible Ohio residents manage their energy bills throughout the year. Utility payments are based on a percentage of monthly household income and are constant throughout the year. Customers who make their payments on time and in full may have their invoice balances eliminated.

The new income levels are:

There are approximately 4.5 million regulated electricity customers and 3 million regulated natural gas customers in Ohio.

An overview of the energy assistance programs available, can be found below and on the governor’s website. RPPP eligibility, registration and other assistance program information are available at Development site or by visiting energyhelp.ohio.gov.

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