Maine PUC Approves Mills’ Bid for a $90 Credit on Electric Bills
Low-income Mainers can expect to see a $90 credit on their electric bills soon.
Who Will Receive the Credit?
The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced on Thursday that the one-time bill credit for approximately 90,000 low-income customers of Central Maine Power Company and Versant Power has been approved. Qualifying residents will be those who have a household income at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines.
Governor Janet Mills requested the credit, in partnership with the Office of the Public Advocate and the Governor's Energy Office, to help offset the recent increase in electric supply rates. Most Maine residents, both Versant and CMP customers, saw an increase of approximately $30, so the $90 bill credit would offset about 3 months' worth of higher bills.
Why Did the Maine PUC Approve It?
Chairman for the Maine PUC, Philip L. Bartlett says this is an important step to help Maine residents cope in an increasingly more expensive world.
We recognize the importance of this assistance during a time when energy costs are increasing globally. We also have an open proceeding looking at revising our Low-income Assistance Program to provide longer-term relief for utility customers most in need.
Bartlett says anyone who is still in need of assistance should contact their local utility company or visit the PUC website for a list of assistance programs.
When Will It Show Up on Electric Bills?
The cost of this program will be paid by the Maine State Housing Authority, using the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Qualified recipients can expect the one-time credit to be automatically applied to their bills by about March 30th, 2022.