Xcel Energy filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today to create a new program to expand assistance to lower-earning households who need additional assistance to pay their energy bills. The proposal for the new program followed several months of discussion and coordination with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB).
Xcel Energy’s proposal would make it the first utility in Wisconsin to offer a targeted assistance program and would increase the total amount of income-qualified support by 50%, or an estimated $5 million annually. As part of the new program, customers who already receive assistance from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) would be automatically enrolled.
The program is similar to targeted income-qualified energy support efforts offered by Xcel Energy in other states it serves.