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Alternative Low-Income Assistance Programs - Wisconsin PSC Docket 5-UR-110 70

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

We Energies is required to work cooperatively with the Commission's staff, CUB, and other interested groups such as Walnut Way in developing alternative low-income assistance programs. This includes potentially developing a Percentage of Income Payment Pilot prior to the next rate case. The Commission has set a deadline of April 1, 2023, for opening a docket to investigate the development of such programs. If successful in creating an alternative low-income assistance program, We Energies must receive approval from the Commission prior to implementation.

In order to meet this deadline and create an effective and successful program, We Energies will need to begin the process by considering various proposals that have been put forward relating to program design and procedure for development. It will be vital for We Energies to include any recommendations made by CUB, Walnut Way and other interested parties. After reviewing these recommendations, We Energies should start designing a program that meets their needs while considering the best practices recommended by all stakeholders. They should also ensure that they consult any relevant legislation or regulations related to utility services when designing the program.

As mentioned above, it is important that We Energies receives approval from the Commission before they can implement their designed program. To ensure they receive this approval, We Energies should create a comprehensive proposal that outlines how their proposed program would operate and benefit customers in need of financial assistance with their utility costs. It should provide as much evidence as possible for why this program would be beneficial for customers who struggle financially and for, We Energies’ overall operations and objectives.

In addition to preparing its formal proposal for submission to the Commission, We Energies may also need to engage in some additional activities or tasks depending on what other stakeholders suggest or require before submitting its proposal for approval. For example, it may be necessary or beneficial for them to undertake additional research or data collection related to low-income energy assistance program in general or those implemented in other states or countries before officially submitting their own proposal.

It will be important that We Energies fulfils all requirements set out by the Commission while also ensuring all stakeholders are consulted throughout this entire process, so everyone benefits from a successful outcome - one which provides much needed support to those affected negatively by rising utility bills while allowing them (We Energies) remain economically viable and competitive within their industry sector at large.

Typical Eligibility Requirements for PIPP

1. Applicants must meet certain income and financial asset criteria to be eligible for services according to the rules of the program. This will usually involve meeting a specified threshold of either gross or net income, as well as having no more than a predetermined level of financial assets.

2. Depending on the particular program, applicants may also need to demonstrate a need for services by providing documentation such as medical records or employment verification forms.

3. Eligibility requirements may also include residency in a particular geographical area or other criteria such as age, disability status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

4. Some programs are limited to individuals who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States, while others allow certain types of non-citizens to apply for benefits if they are otherwise qualified.

5. In some cases an applicant must have resided in an area for a minimum length of time prior to applying for assistance from that jurisdiction's program(s).

6. Many programs require that applicants provide proof of their identity and/or address by submitting documents such as a driver’s license, passport or utility bill with their application materials.

7. Individuals who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses may be ineligible for assistance depending on the nature and severity of those offenses and the availability of alternative resources such as parole or probationary supervision and/or work release programs that can help them secure housing and other basic needs.

8. Depending on the program and local regulations, applicants may need to provide additional information such as copies of tax returns, bank statements and Social Security numbers along with their application materials in order to satisfy eligibility requirements for some types of aid programs offered through public agencies.

9. Applicants must certify that all information provided is accurate and truthful under penalty of perjury in order to remain eligible for services from any given program or agency; failure to do so can result in disqualification from receiving any type of assistance through that provider's program(s).

10 .Finally, some programs have restrictions on how long an individual can receive benefits before re-qualifying through another formal review process; these time limits can vary significantly between different types of aid programs offered by various agencies around the country so it's important to review each one carefully before committing to an agreement with that provider's terms and conditions regarding service eligibility and duration requirements..

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Gladys Brown
Gladys Brown
Jan 17, 2023

We Energies Company should focus on Citizens whom are Low Income and have serious health issues and allow zero to $75mos for Electric Service or Gas Services.

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