SOURCE: Green Mountain Power

October 13, 2008 14:05 ET

Green Mountain Power Increases Commitment to Support Energy Programs for Limited-Income Vermonters

COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Green Mountain Power has taken two significant steps that will help its limited-income customers pay their electric bills and stay warm this winter. First it will increase the discount it offers its customers through its Energy Support program from 10% to 25%. Second, increased Green Mountain Power corporate and customer contributions to the WARMTH Program over the past year are helping its limited-income customers pay for home heating fuel.

"In a year when more Vermonters are already having to make hard choices about how they're going to get to work and feed their families, we want to be sure that we are doing all we can to help reduce the burden on our most vulnerable customers," said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. "This is going to be a tough winter and we want to be sure people understand that we are here to help."

Now in its second year, the three-year Energy Support pilot program developed in cooperation with AARP Vermont offers a discount on monthly energy charges to eligible customers. More than 2,200 customers are currently enrolled in the program.

The Public Service Board approved the Green Mountain Power's proposal to provide a 25% percent discount for customers participating in its Energy Support program, which is available to customers whose annual household income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Eligibility varies by size of family, but would typically include a family of four with an income up to $41,300. The program will operate until the $1 million set aside for the program runs out.

Green Mountain Power was one of the founders of the WARMTH Support Program, which uses funds donated by concerned Vermonters to help limited-income families pay their energy costs. Green Mountain Power matches all customer contributions to the WARMTH program and supports its administration through Community Action agencies. Over the past year, customers contributed $26,000. Recognizing the tough winter ahead, Green Mountain Power's owner contributed $35,000, bringing the total contribution to WARMTH to $61,000.

WARMTH funds are available when a household has exhausted its supply of fuel or faces disconnection of utility services. Funds are only available when an individual has not been able to find sufficient help through other channels.

Customers who believe they may be eligible for either program should contact their local Community Action Agency.

About Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont's population. It serves approximately 94,000 customers.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:
    Dorothy Schnure
    Green Mountain Power
    Manager of Corporate Communications
    802-655-8418