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Income Qualified Assistance Programs

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California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)

Low-income customers that are enrolled in the CARE program receive a 20 percent discount on their electric and natural gas bills.   

Eligible customers are those whose total household income is at or below the income limits indicated below.

Income limits are effective through May 31, 2015.

Household Size

CARE

1 - 2

$31,460

3

$39,580

4

$47,700

5

$55,820

6

$63,940

7

$72,060

8

$80,120

Each Additional Person

$8,120

 

Household Size

Energy Savings Assistance Programs

1

$31,460

$31,460

3

$39,580

4

$47,700

5

$55,820

6

$63,940

7

$72,060

8

$80,120

Each Additional Person

$8,120

 

Customers may also be eligible for CARE if they are enrolled in public assistance programs such as Medicaid/Medi-Cal, Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), Healthy Families A & B, National School Lunch’s Free Lunch Program (NSL), Food Stamps/SNAP, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Tribal TANF.

To request an application form and more information, please contact your utility company or check out their websites for more information.  The utilities the Commission regulates are: 

 

Phone Numbers and Websites for Energy Assistance Programs
Utility Emergency Payment Website
PG&E 866-743-2273 CARE
Edison 866-675-6623 CARE
SDG&E 800-411-7343 CARE
SoCalGas 800-427-2200 CARE 
Alpine Nat'l Gas 209-772-3006  
Bear Valley Elect 800-999-4033
PacifiCorp 503-813-5000  
Sierra Pacific 800-782-2498  
Southwest Gas 877-860-6020 Special Programs
West Coast Gas 916-364-4100  
  

Application forms also are available through numerous community agencies. CARE is funded through a rate surcharge paid by all other utility customers. These income limits may be adjusted each year depending on inflation.

California has a Low-Income Oversight Board (LIOB), which was established by the Legislature to advise the PUC on the energy low-income assistance programs of utilities under the PUC's jurisdiction.

  

Last Modified: 3/25/2014


 
 
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