Energy Funds to Support Local Low-Income Assistance Programs
Everett, WA — The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has announced that it will grant $641,644 to the Snohomish County Public Utility District to support low-income energy assistance programs. The funds come from settlements negotiated by the State Attorney General with various energy companies related to the 2000-2001 energy crisis. More than $6.2 million will be distributed statewide, designated by the state specifically for programs that provide low-income energy assistance.
The funding from the Attorney General will allow the PUD to work with local assistance agencies to expand low-income assistance programs in order to help residential consumers throughout the county.
“This support will help many families who are struggling in our tough economy this winter,” said PUD General Manager Steve Klein. “We’re grateful to the Attorney General for securing these funds for consumers throughout the region.”
The funds will be allocated to assist local consumers that may not qualify for low-income assistance under other programs, but have incomes between 125 percent and 200 percent of the poverty level. In addition, it will provide safety net funding for energy bill vouchers for households that may be experiencing hardship.
The PUD will be finalizing contracts with local agencies in the coming weeks to assist with energy assistance programs. The utility will be releasing additional information about how customers can apply for assistance. It asks its customers to hold off calling or emailing the PUD until the programs are finalized and announced to the public.