Mary Alice Reporting – A program designed to assist with utilities has been expanded to allow more low-income individuals access to get help.

With roughly 4.5 million regulated electricity customers and three million natural gas customers in Ohio, the authorization increases the income threshold for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) from 150 percent of the federal poverty rate to 175 percent.

The Ohio Department of Development has jurisdiction over PIPP for electric and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio oversees the PIPP rules for natural gas service.

PIPP was developed to help eligible Ohioans manage energy bills year-round with the payments based on monthly household income.

Other income based heating assistance is also available through HEAP Winter Crisis, which is available until March 31, 2023.

For more information on energy aid programs, go online to

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