NH lawmakers ask state to use American Rescue Plan funds for home energy bills

In a letter sent Friday to Gov. Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation asked the state to provide additional financial assistance to help defray Granite Staters’ energy costs, as rates are expected to of public services will increase significantly in the coming months. >>Related: New Hampshire residents warned of ‘drastic increases’ in electricity bills. “What we’re hoping to accomplish is find some ways to provide relief,” said Rep. Chris Pappas, a Democrat from New Hampshire. provides assistance to certain residents through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The delegation is asking the state to open that door to more people and establish a similar program to help residents who are not currently eligible. β€œWe know that everyone is dealing with everything from gas prices to the cost of living in general,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire. Governor Sununu told News 9 that the state is working to provide relief to people struggling to pay their energy bills. “We’ve already been discussing using our LIHEAP funds, our energy efficiency funds from last winter. We’ve got about $7 million and we’re letting people apply for energy assistance so people can keep those air conditioners on and pay for what they’re sure it’s going to be pretty high electricity bills for the next 6 months,” Sununu said. Sununu added that the state is also planning for winter. “We’re going to double the amount of funding we’ll put toward heating oil assistance this winter. In addition to working with the legislature to fund some supplemental funds that will expand eligibility for people who apply for these programs both this summer and this winter,” Sunnu said. On Wednesday, the governor is expected to unveil a plan regarding expanded assistance for the summer and winter months.

In a letter sent Friday to Gov. Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation asked the state to provide additional financial assistance to help defray Granite Staters’ energy costs, as rates are expected to of public services will increase significantly in the coming months.

>>Related: New Hampshire residents warned of ‘drastic increases’ in electricity bills

“What we’re hoping to accomplish is find some ways to provide relief,” said Rep. Chris Pappas, a Democrat from New Hampshire.

At this time, New Hampshire provides assistance to certain residents through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The delegation calls on the state to open that door to more people and establish a similar program to help residents who are not currently eligible.

“We know that everyone is dealing with everything from gas prices to the cost of living in general,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire.

Governor Sununu told News 9 that the state is working to provide relief to people struggling to pay their energy bills.

“We’ve already been discussing using our LIHEAP funds, our energy efficiency funds from last winter. We’ve got about $7 million and we’re letting people apply for energy assistance so people can keep those air conditioners on and pay for what they’re sure It’s going to be pretty high electricity bills for the next 6 months,” Sununu said.

Sununu added that the state is also planning for the winter.

β€œWe are going to double the amount of funds we will put toward heating oil assistance this winter. In addition to working with the legislature to fund some supplemental funds that will expand the eligibility of people who apply for these programs both this summer and this winter,” Sunnu said.

On Wednesday, the governor is expected to unveil a plan regarding expanded assistance for the summer and winter months.

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