Home Energy Assistance
Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative offers a Low-Income Assistance Program (LIAP) for qualifying low-income residential consumers. In 2006, this program was expanded to include additional assistance to low-income consumers who require oxygen pumps for at least eight hours of every day. The program is in conjunction with statewide low-income assistance programs. Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA), operating through the Community Action Agencies (CAA) or other designated entities, shall administer the programs. Only the tribal governments or community action agencies will accept applications. Interested EMEC members should contact the agencies listed below.
A customer of Eastern Maine Electric Co-op is eligible for the residential assistance program if he or she:
Takes continuous year-round residential service;
Has applied for and meets income guidelines for assistance from LIHEAP (the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program); and
Is not receiving a housing subsidy that limits the household’s total housing cost, including utilities, to a fixed percentage of the household’s income.
You May Already Have Applied for LIAP Assistance
If you applied for benefits through the Heat Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), your Community Action agency also had you complete an application for this program. The EMEC assistance program is a separate benefit program from HEAP, in that funds come from within Maine.
Benefits Applied Upon Certification: The Base Benefit is applied as a credit on the customer’s next bill following certification by the Maine State Housing Authority.
Benefits Based on Income Level: The benefits will be given based on levels of consumer income as a percentage of the poverty level.
To apply for LIHEAP or LIAP assistance, contact the relevant agency shown below:
Indian Township Tribal Government
P O Box 301
Princeton, ME 04668
(207) 796-2301 ext. 212
Passamaquoddy Tribal Government
P.O. Box 343
Perry, ME 04667
Aroostook Band of Micmacs
8 Northern Road
Presque Isle, ME 04769
In Aroostook County
Aroostook County Action Program
Energy & Housing Department
P O Box 1116
Presque Isle, ME 04769
In Penobscot County:
Penquis Community Action Program
Utility Discount Programs
119 Main Street
Lincoln, ME 04457
Bangor: (207) 973-3630
In Washington County:
Washington-Hancock Community Agency
Heating, Utilities, and Rental Assistance
P.O. Box 280
Milbridge, ME 04654-0280