Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC) is asking Local Government in Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, McCracken, Marshall and Livingston counties to apply for a portion of the $38 million dollars that has been made available to help Kentuckians with overdue utility bills. The funding, announced by Governor Andy Beshear, is much needed relief for Kentuckians who have been hit hard by the financial implications of COVID-19.
“We care about our consumer-members and hope those who are struggling during this pandemic can gain access to these funds,” said JPEC President & CEO, Greg Grissom. “Throughout this crisis, JPEC has encouraged those who have had trouble paying their bill to contact us so we can help identify ways to help.”
WHAT: Local government can secure up to $200,000 in utility bill relief for residents in need. Applications are being accepted by the Department for Local Government.
HOW: Step 1: Local Government Submit Application to Department for Local Government
Step 2: If approved, local governments partner with a community action agency to assist with funding administration. To simplify the process and fulfill that need, DLG has partnered with Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts (ADD) to assist units of local government, local nonprofit community service providers and eligible Kentuckians with their applications and administering funds.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR RELIEF: Kentuckians should contact their local government or ADD for more information on available funds in their area. Households are eligible for up to $250 per month for six consecutive months if:
• They live in a city or county approved for funding;
• Have been financially impacted by COVID-19;
• Are struggling to pay water, sewer, electric, gas or other heating and cooling bills; and
• Have received notice for disconnect between January 21, 2020, and present day and/or up to two months following.
“Kentucky co-ops are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve and urge local governments to apply for these funds on behalf of their constituents,” said Chris Perry, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives President and CEO.
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Jackson Purchase Energy is a non-profit, member-owned rural electric cooperative headquartered in Paducah, KY. The Cooperative provides electric service to more than 30,000 consumer-members in all or portions of six counties: Ballard, Carlisle, McCracken, Graves, Marshall and Livingston counties.