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Examining the We Energies - LIFT Program

Updated: Dec 31

At Walnut Way, we've been relentlessly striving for energy justice in Milwaukee, making substantial progress in our fight for fair energy practices. At the heart of our initiative is the examination of the LIFT - Low Income Forgiveness Program (LIFT), a significant matter currently under proceedings before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

Our focus is on eight critical pillars of this program:

1️⃣ Evaluation of Financial Need: Our systematic approach aims to meet the energy needs of low-income households, ensuring no one is left out in the cold.

2️⃣ Comprehensive Written Payment Agreement: Our explicit written agreement ensures clarity on payment obligations, fostering transparency and understanding.

3️⃣ Adaptable Payment Agreements: We're pushing for Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA) renegotiation in times of financial hardships, providing a safety net for those who need it the most.

4️⃣ Policy on Disconnection: Advocating for a 60-day halt on disconnections for those seeking third-party bill assistance, we aim to shield these households from sudden service terminations.

5️⃣ Equitable Disconnection Process: We're urging the Commission to review the selection process for disconnections, striving for a process that is fair and unbiased.

6️⃣ Affordable Reconnection Fee: We're fighting against the prohibitive $600 reconnection fee, proposing a more accessible solution.

7️⃣ Financial Education: We're committed to educating participants about available resources to reduce their energy burden.

8️⃣ Community Engagement: We're fostering a platform for open dialogue and collective action, believing in the power of community in achieving energy justice.

As we continue with the LIFT proceedings, we are also turning our attention to another significant proceeding: the Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP). Both dockets are open concurrently, and we aim to ensure that these programs work in tandem to alleviate the energy burdens on our most vulnerable neighbors.

Our commitment remains steadfast. We're not just advocating for temporary relief but a long-term, systemic change that ensures equitable access to necessary utilities for all. Stay tuned as we continue our fight for energy justice in Milwaukee and beyond. #EnergyJustice #WalnutWay #Advocacy

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