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Nebraska programs that help with heating and energy bills.

Low income, elderly, disabled, and people facing an emergency in Nebraska have several financial assistance programs available to them to help pay heating and utility bills. Usually non-profit across the state administer the programs and provide aid directly to applicants.

Below you will find extensive information on the services and resources that are offered to qualified low to moderate income individuals and families. Some of the assistance programs are seasonal ion nature, and others can provide help for paying utilities year round.  In addition to the options listed below, most utility and gas companies will also work one on one with their customers to establish a payment plan that works for both the energy company and the customer, so always be sure to call and ask for help.

Aquila - There are two primary financial assistance programs offered by this Nebraska utility company. The two options are the Heat Aid Fund, which provides funds for assistance, and this particular program runs during the winter and the spring. To be qualified for help applicants need to be in a crisis, 60 years of age or older, low income, or disabled and they must have also received a shut off notice. In addition, potential applicants must first have apply for both federal and state of Nebraska government assistance programs. The Salvation Army runs the Heat Aid Fund, so call them at 402-898-5966.

The second option is Heatshare. This is a resource that may be able to give financial assistance, cash grants, counseling, and referrals to other utility and energy funding sources when a household shows they are unable to make their monthly utility, heating, or energy bill payment. Call 1-800-336-4547

Black Hills Energy - An emergency or crisis program known as HeatShare is offered. Many Nebraska area companies offer this option. It is a crisis program that is run by the Salvation Army. If you want to apply for help or learn more, you will need to call your local Salvation Army or call 1-800-699-3439 to learn more or get help.

Black Hills Energy - There are several other resources available for income qualified customers, including senior citizens and the disabled. One of the main ones is Black Hills Cares, which is also run in partnership with non-profits in Nebraska. Or all customers can apply for budget billing plans. Additional assistance may be provided too. Read more on Black Hills Energy assistance programs.




Government assistance programs - The state of Nebraska works with the federal government to provide grants for paying utility and energy bills as part of LIHEAP. Another option for many low income families is free energy conservation as part of weatherization. Both of these programs are for low income seniors, families with young children and other residents. Click here for details on Nebraska LIHEAP and weatherization.

Hastings Utility - The Salvation Army, in partnership with Hastings Utility, offers customers the Share Some Warmth financial assistance program. This program runs from December to April. The program can focus on people experiencing an emergency, the elderly, and disabled. The person must not be able to qualify for government aid, and they also need to be facing an imminent disconnection of their energy service. Call 402-463-1371

MidAmerican Energy  - Also offers the Heat Aid Fund as emergency assistance. Call 402-898-5966. Applicants need to have also previously applied for government assistance.

MidAmerican Energy - Several other government sponsored energy assistance programs are administered as well as financial assistance from non-profits. Resources offered include LIHEAP, weatherization, and government grants. Click more MidAmerican Energy assistance.





Metropolitan Utilities District - This utility company runs the Heat Aid Fund. In order to apply for this program, the individual needs to be facing a crisis, 60 or older, under an emergency situation, disabled or in  crisis. They must also be facing a disconnection. Dial 402-898-5860 to learn more or apply for help, as the Salvation Army runs this financial assistance program.

Nebraska Public Power District - The Pennies for Power program was created and is funded by donations from customers, local businesses, and charities. The program can help customers who are faced with an unexpected financial hardship, and if they are unable to pay their monthly utility, heating, or electric bills. The local non-profit, the United Way provides information/referrals to the program, and people can get help from it up to once per year. Call 402-444-6666.

Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation - This utility company/cooperative also runs Operation Round Up. Dial 800-967-1987 , or call 402-336-2803, or stop by the Niobrara Valley Electric office in order to get help or apply.

Omaha Public Power District - The United Way and its partners run a program known as Energy Assistance Program (EAP). It was created to help low income and disadvantaged individuals and families pay their energy-related bills and expenses primarily during the summer, spring, and fall months. The program focuses on such bills and costs as equipment repairs, summer cooling or winter heating bills, and other emergencies. Dial (402) 444-6666.

Omaha Public Power District - The energy company can also refer customers to a number of other solutions and assistance programs. Some are offered by the government, others are administered by non-profits in Nebraska, and the company also offers qualified individuals access to resources provided directly by OPPD. Click here for details on Omaha Public Power District assistance programs.





Summer cooling bill assistance - There are a few non-profit organizations and government programs in Nebraska that can provide help to seniors and low income people who are at risk from extreme heat. Resources available to qualified individuals can provide them with free fans or air conditioners. Some funds can even be used to pay cooling or air conditioning bills. Learn more on free fans and colling assistance in Nebraska.


By Jon McNamara

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