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Coordinating Customer Assistance Programs in Ohio. Dave Rinebolt, Executive Director and Counsel Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy PO Box 1793, Findlay, OH 45839-1793 419/425-8860 * 419/425-8860 – FAX [email protected] * www.ohiopartners.org. Origins of Ohio Programs.

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Coordinating customer assistance programs in ohio

Coordinating Customer Assistance Programs in Ohio

Dave Rinebolt, Executive Director and Counsel

Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy

PO Box 1793, Findlay, OH 45839-1793

419/425-8860 * 419/425-8860 – FAX

[email protected] * www.ohiopartners.org


Origins of ohio programs
Origins of Ohio Programs

  • 1983 Commission Ordered Investigation

    • Precipitated by increased heating costs & disconnections.

    • Five field hearings.

  • Winter Reconnect Order

    • Pay $175 to prevent disconnection or reconnect service.

    • No income limit.

    • Replaced annual moratorium.

    • Weatherization application required.

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Origins of ohio program ii
Origins of Ohio Program -- II

  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP).

    • Available to households under 150% FPL.

    • 10% of income for primary heating sources and 5% for secondary heating source.

    • Appealed by industrials. Upheld as a payment plan so it is not rate discrimination.

  • Due Process and Notice Prior to Disconnection.

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Weatherization the demand side
Weatherization – The Demand Side

  • WAP

    • Caulk and plastic.

    • Wall and attic insulation.

    • Blower doors.

    • Pressure diagnostics.

    • Weatherization Performance Standards (WPS).

  • Joint State/Utility Program

    • Columbia Gas

    • Oil Overcharge Funds.

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Weatherization programs ii
Weatherization Programs II

  • Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

  • Availability: Statewide – PY06 funding -- $29,946,430; 6915 units ($3,250/unit).

  • Eligibility: 150% of poverty line.

  • Services: Program focuses on reducing heating costs. Some health and safety services also funded. Consumer education.

  • Electric Partnership Program (EPP)

  • Availability: Service territories of Cincinnati Gas & Electric; Cleveland Electric Illuminating (CEI), Columbus Southern Power; Dayton Power & Light; Monongahela Power; Ohio Edison; Ohio Power; and, Toledo Edison. – PY07 Funding -- $12 million; 10,000 units estimated. ($1,200/unit).

  • Eligibility: Must be a participant in the Percentage Income Payment Plan.

  • Services: Electric baseload services including high efficiency light bulbs, refrigerator and freezer replacements. Heating system upgrades and weatherization for electrically-heated homes. Consumer education.

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Weatherization programs iii
Weatherization Programs III

  • Warm Choice Program

  • Availability: Columbia Gas of Ohio service territory.

  • Eligibility: 150% of poverty line. -- $5.5 million; 1,800 units est. ($3,000/unit).

  • Services: Emergency heating unit (furnace or boiler) repair or replacement. Other weatherization and health and safety related services, including natural gas stove repair. Program often combined with HWAP.

    Housewarming Program

  • Availability: Dominion East Ohio (including former West Ohio Gas service territories). $3.5 million; 1,750 units est. ($2000/unit).

  • Eligibility: 150% of poverty line.

  • Services: Emergency heating unit (furnace or boiler) repair or replacement. Other weatherization and health and safety related services, including natural gas stove repair. Program often combined with HWAP.

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Weatherization programs
Weatherization Programs

  • Dayton Power & Light Weatherization Program

  • Eligibility: 150% of poverty line.

  • Services: Program focuses on reducing heating costs and baseload electric measures. Some health and safety services also funded.

  • Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio Weatherization Program

  • Availability: Dayton Power & Light service territory. $265,000.

  • Availability: VEDO service territory. $1.1 million.

  • Eligibility: 200% of the poverty line.

  • Services: Emergency heating unit (furnace or boiler) repair or replacement. Other weatherization and health and safety related services, including natural gas stove repair. Program may be combined with HWAP.

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Weatherization programs1
Weatherization Programs

  • Community Connections Program

  • Availability: FirstEnergy service territories – CEI, Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison. $2.7 million – 2,384 units ($988/unit).

  • Eligibility: 150% of poverty line or families of military personnel called to active duty.

  • Services: Baseload electricity services; wiring replacements and upgrades, roof repairs and replacements; electric, heating and cooling system repairs and replacements; and, weatherization for electrically heated or cooled homes.

  • Northeast Ohio Natural Gas

  • Availability: NEONG service territory. $16,200 – 6 units ($2,700/unit).

  • Eligibility & Services: See Columbia Gas Warm Choice

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Program integration
Program Integration

  • SB 3

    • Required Single Application.

      • Application by mail, online, or in person.

    • Combines bill payment, efficiency and consumer education.

  • Utility Program Intake – closure of customer service offices.

  • Weatherization and Efficiency

  • Consumer Education.

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Future challenges
Future Challenges

  • OCEAN – Ohio Community Energy Assistance Network.

    • Phase I – HEAP & PIPP; CSBG.

    • Phase II – weatherization and efficiency.

  • Intra-Agency Referrals and Integrated Intake.

  • DSM Program Expansion.

    • Can we carve out the median income customer base and integrate with other services.

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