BELLEVILLE, Ill. – As the seasons change and cooler weather approaches, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is continuing his efforts to secure support for a rebate plan that would deliver $170 to individual Ameren customers. Additionally, Hoffman is encouraging residents who need help with their heat, electric and gas bill to take advantage of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
“Since introduction of the rebate plan, we’ve picked up support in the form of bipartisan cosponsors who recognize the real relief families deserve,” Hoffman said. “I’m continuing to work on garnering support because a lot of families could use some help, and nobody can avoid energy costs with winter nearing.”
Hoffman’s House Bill 5799 – a $200 million rebate program – would deliver an estimated $170 to Ameren residential and small commercial energy customers. If passed and signed into law, Hoffman’s “Power Price Mitigation Rebate Act” would automatically have the rebate deducted from customer bills. In the event that a rebate credit is greater than a customer’s bill, the excess credit will apply to the following billing period. “Small commercial customers” are defined as nonresidential retail customers that consume 15,000 kilowatt-hours or less of electricity per year in its service area.
Additionally, Hoffman is noting that LIHEAP is currently accepting new enrollees until May 31, 2022 or when funding is exhausted. To qualify, households must have a combined income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level in the 30 days prior to application. Renters may also be eligible to receive assistance.
Locally, the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department handles LIHEAP applications. To request an application or ask questions about LIHEAP, residents can contact them at 618-257-9246 or visit their website. A main line for assistance is available at 618-277-6600.
For more information, please contact RepJayHoffman@gmail.com or call 618-416-7407.