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NY Senator Webb Highlights State Funding Available For Utility Bill Debt Relief

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New York State Senator Lea Webb (NY-52) joined Assemblymember Donna Lupardo and Executive Director and Council at the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) Laurie Wheelock, highlighting New York State’s ongoing movement towards energy affordability.

According to a release by Webb’s Office, there will be $1.4 billion dollars either been or to be made available to offset energy costs in 2024 through existing programs offered by the state including Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), the Energy Affordability Program (EAP), EmPower+, NY Sun, and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

There will be $200 million dollars now available in state funding for utility bill credits which will benefit over 8 million New Yorkers. The funding Webb’s Office says, will be included in the 2023-24 State budget in response to the energy bill spikes. Both residential and non-residential customers part of NYSEG will see a one time bill credit in the amount of $9.51 for electric customers and $15.70 for gas customers. The credits will be applied automatically and customers can expect to see them in their billing statement over the next 45 days.

“Energy affordability is one of my top priorities as we make our transition to clean energy,” said Senator Lea Webb. “I am proud that we were able to secure $200 million in Energy Affordability funds in the FY 2023-24 State Budget. I thank my partners in the state legislature, Governor Hochul, PULP, the PSC, and our utility companies for working together on a proposal to deliver some financial relief to electric and gas customers here in the Southern Tier. Many households and small businesses are still struggling to find financial stability as our region recovers from the pandemic. We must continue to advocate for additional resources to ensure that energy is affordable for families and small businesses across New York.”

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