Potomac Edison MD
Struggling to Pay Your Electric Bill? We Can Help.
There are many reasons you or someone you know may need help with home energy costs. We understand and can offer a variety of programs to help you budget your monthly payments, pay winter heating bills, catch up on past-due payments, or avoid service disconnection.
Payment Assistance Programs
Community Energy Fund (CEF)
A need based program that provides assistance to qualifying residential customers who need emergency help paying their electric bill. The company’s shareholders match donations from customers 50 cents on each dollar, up to the program limits. The distribution of funds is administered by local administering agencies in Potomac Edison’s service territory.
Emergency Payment Help
Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
A state funded program administered by the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Home Energy Programs. This program provides financial assistance with electric bills. Eligible customers receive help that pays a portion of their current electric bills.
Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) Arrearage Retirement Assistance
EUSP helps customers with large, past due electric bills. If eligible, customers may receive forgiveness of up to $2,000 towards their past due bill. Customers must have a past due bill of $300 or greater to be considered eligible. Customers may only receive an arrearage grant once every seven years, with certain exceptions.
Past-Due Bill Forgiveness
Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
MEAP is a federally funded program, administered by the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Home Energy Programs. This grant helps low-income customers pay their heating bills.
Utility Service Protection Plan (USPP)
A federally sponsored program administered by the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Home Energy Programs. This program is designed to protect eligible low-income families from utility turn-offs during the heating season. All MEAP eligible customers may participate in USPP. USPP also requires participation in the Average Payment Plan.
Protection From Disconnection
EmPOWER Low income Energy Efficiency Programs
The EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP), administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), helps low-income households with installation of energy conservation materials in their homes. No payment is required for these services. These improvements may reduce a household’s energy use, lower monthly utility bills, make occupants more comfortable and may improve the air quality and overall health of the family.
Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Services
Customers are referred to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for programs that can provide improvements and repairs to homes at no cost. These improvements can help lower utility bills and make the home more comfortable.
Extended Due Date
If you are at least 60 years old or receive a Social Security or pension check, or if you receive disability assistance, and your electric bill is usually due just before your monthly benefit check comes, we can extend your payment due date until after your check arrives.
If conditions make it difficult to pay your electric bill on time, we can arrange affordable installments to be paid with your monthly bill. Payment arrangements help maintain your electric service while you make payments more suited to your financial situation.
Select a third party (a friend, relative, clergy, or social service agency) to be notified, along with yourself, if your electric service is about to be disconnected. The third party is not obligated to pay overdue bills but can remind you of pending disconnection and help you make payment arrangements.
Military Deferred Payment Program
This program is designed to assist customers who are having financial difficulties because their family members have been called to active military duty. Customers participating in the program may elect to defer paying either all or part of their monthly electric bill. When the family member in the military service returns home, the account will be reviewed to determine payment arrangements for the balance owed.
Customers who have switched to an alternative generation supplier may defer the charges paid to their supplier only if that supplier offers a deferred payment program. If a supplier does not offer a deferred payment program, the supplier charges must be paid each month.
Medical Needs Assistance
Critical Care Program
The Critical Care Program identifies customers who use certain electrically operated life sustaining medical equipment in their home. The program helps customers - for whom a service interruption could be immediately life threatening or would make operation of necessary medical or life supporting equipment impossible or impractical - prepare for planned and unplanned power outages. Please call us if someone in your home uses this type of medical equipment.
Customers with severe health problems may have a licensed physician certify in writing that a termination of electric service would be especially dangerous. The medical certification will postpone the termination of electric service for 30 days. The certification is designed to provide the customer with additional time to pay their past-due balance. The customer is still responsible for the past-due amount and will be given the opportunity to pay the balance in monthly installments.Contact:If you or a member of your household have a qualifying medical condition, we have made it easier for your doctor to submit the medical certificates to us by automating the forms online. Please email us or call Customer Service at 800-686-0011 for details on the information your doctor will need to complete the medical form.
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