Governor Hogan Announces Enhanced Benefits for Utilities and Electric Assist to Address Rising Heating Costs


Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that to address rising heating costs, recipients of electric assistance and state utilities will receive enhanced benefits this home heating season. The state is also increasing funding for weatherization assistance programs to improve energy conservation.

“The assistance we are announcing today will help our most vulnerable residents cope with higher energy costs and stay warm through the winter months,” Governor Hogan said. “It’s all part of our commitment to dedicate a portion of our record budget surplus to help Marylanders in need.”

This assistance will be administered by the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Improved benefits for utilities and electric assistance.The State of Maryland is enhancing the minimum stipend for eligible recipients of electric and heat assistance to further support vulnerable populations.

  • Through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), recipients will see their minimum benefit increased by 66%, from $300 to $500. Overall, MEAP is receiving a 30% increase in funding to support this enhanced delivery.
  • Through the Universal Electric Assistance Program (EUSP), recipients will see their minimum benefit double from $150 to $300. Overall, EUSP is receiving a 32% increase in funding to support this enhanced delivery.

“Each year, more than 100,000 Maryland households who feel pressured by high energy costs benefit from our energy assistance programs,” said DHS Secretary Lourdes R. Padilla. “Governor Hogan’s actions are helping struggling Marylanders cope with higher heating and energy bills.”

Weatherization assistance.The state will provide$29 millionin funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program over the next two years – a 190% increase – to further assist Maryland households in installing energy conservation materials. These measures reduce both energy consumption and the cost of maintaining these homes.

Additional assistance on the energy bill. Based on projected increases in heating and cooling costs from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Winter Fuel Outlook, $30 million in additional bill assistance will be issued to utilities on behalf of customers and applied over a six month billing period. Low-income households in Maryland should expect to receive about $83 per month in bill assistance over six-month periods in fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2023 respectively.

Expanded scope of energy assistance. Local funding of $5 million will be administered by DHS to its community organizations, which help vulnerable populations in each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions complete applications, submit any necessary tracking documentation, and answer questions about energy assistance programs.

Residents in need of energy assistance can apply in line, send a request by mail or submit a request in person to a local home energy program office located in each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. Detailed information on how to apply can be found on the DHS website.

Visit the DHS and DHCD websites for program details, including eligibility information, contact information, and answers to frequently asked questions.


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