For Immediate Release
Limited-income customers in Baltimore City are encouraged to attend the event on Nov. 15 to speak with representatives from BGE, the 40th Legislative District Team and the Office of Home Energy Programs
Funding available for eligible customers who may need help with energy bills
BALTIMORE (Nov. 10, 2014) – In an effort to assist eligible, limited-income customers with the application process for energy assistance grants, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) will join representatives from the Maryland and Baltimore Offices of Home Energy Programs and members of the 40th legislative team, including Senator Catherine Pugh, to host an Energy Assistance Expo. Limited-income customers who live in Baltimore City are encouraged to attend the expo on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to speak with representatives from BGE and apply for energy assistance. The event will be held at the Coppin State University Talon Center, located at 500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21216.
"It is extremely important that customers reach out to BGE before finding themselves in a crisis, so that we can work together to help them manage their energy needs," said Carol Dodson, vice president and chief customer officer, BGE. "Limited income customers in Baltimore City are encouraged to attend the upcoming Energy Assistance Expo to speak with representatives who can help them apply for funding to help with their energy bills. The grants available can help address past-due amounts as well as future payments. Additionally, to assist customers with winter heating bills, BGE offers customers enrollment into our Budget Billing program, which spreads payments out over a 12 month period so customers aren’t as affected by seasonal increases in usage."
This event is intended for customers who live in Baltimore City. Customers seeking additional assistance information are urged to contact the Baltimore City Central OHEP Office, located at 2700 N. Charles Street, Suite 202, Baltimore, Md. 21218. Additionally, customers can call 410.396.5555.
For eligibility, use the following . If a customer’s most recent monthly income is less than or equal to the amount below, they may be eligible for energy assistance and help with energy bills. Customers do not need to have a turn-off notice to apply for energy assistance.
Household Size Maximum Monthly Gross Income
For each additional person, add $592.00.
Customers applying for energy assistance should bring the following with them for processing:
While energy assistance events are held periodically throughout the year, qualifying customers can apply for grants at any OHEP office during normal business hours. Additionally, customers who need aid beyond the OHEP grant may contact the Fuel Fund of Maryland as well as other community based organizations. For more information on state income guidelines and for information on where and how to apply for assistance, contact the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) at 800-352-1446. Residents of Baltimore City should call 410-396-5555.
Additional Resources for Customers:
Community Resource Guide (informally known as The Purple Book) – A collection of resources and information about assistance programs of all kinds – federal, state and local, as well as programs from BGE and non-profit providers. The Guide is available in English and Spanish.
Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) and Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) - EUSP is a state program that helps qualifying limited-income customers pay the electric portion of their bills. MEAP provides a grant for qualifying limited-income customers regardless of their heating source. Customers may apply for either or both programs once a year, starting July 1 each year. The programs provide bill payment assistance, resolution of past utility debts and selected weatherization services to make residences more energy efficient. Call 800-352-1446 for information. EUSP and MEAP applications and brochures can be downloaded from the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) website.
Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) - Customers who enroll in either EUSP or MEAP are eligible to enroll in the Utility Service Protection Program. USPP provides a means for limited-income customers who qualify and comply with the payment terms of the USPP agreement to protect their utility service. Call 800.352.1446 for information about the USPP, or visit the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) website.
BGE Smart Energy Savers Program – BGE offers a host of empowering choices to help customers conserve energy, save money and protect the environment.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - If you qualify for MEAP, you may also be eligible to receive weatherization services through the Weatherization Assistance Program. Ask about
weatherization when you apply for your energy assistance grant or contact your local weatherization office, at 800-638-7781, or visit them online: Maryland Weatherization Assistance Program.
Fuel Fund of Maryland - BGE works with the Fuel Fund to make bill assistance available to eligible households. BGE provides customer-funded matching credits for customers who apply for and receive help from the Fuel Fund. For more information, including where to apply, call the Fuel Fund at 410-821-3022, or visit them online: Fuel Fund of Maryland.
2-1-1 Maryland – 2-1-1 Maryland provides a link to community health and human service resources statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 150 languages. Dial 2-1-1 to find assistance when you or someone you know needs help, from child care, jobs, health care, and insurance — to emergency services to help you in times of disaster or crisis.
BGE offers customers an opportunity to enroll in the company’s Budget Billing program, which evens out payments over a 12-month period so customers are not as affected by increases in usage triggered by extreme weather conditions.
BGE strongly encourages limited income customers to apply for energy assistance before they are in crisis. For more information, call BGE or contact the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) at 800.352.1446. Residents of Baltimore City should call 410.396.5555. Grants can help address past-due amounts as well as future payments. Learn more at bge.com/financialassistance.
About the Office of Home Energy Programs
The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) provides subsidies to assist limited-income residents with heating and cooling bills. OHEP's goal is to make energy costs more affordable and thus minimize heating crises. OHEP administers The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) and the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP).
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