Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Fiscal Year 2012 Proposed State Plan
Donna M. J. Clark
Vice President and General Counsel
July 19, 2011
Good morning. My name is Donna M. J. Clark. I am Vice President and General Counsel of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania (EAP). The Energy Association is a trade organization representing the major electric and natural gas distribution utilities in the Commonwealth.1 Our members play a crucial role in providing energy assistance to their lowincome customers in a variety of ways through utility Universal Service Programs and by helping customers access publicly funded programs such as LIHEAP and the Weatherization Assistance Program.
First, thank you for this opportunity to provide input to the Department on its LowIncome Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Proposed State Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. Like each of the entities appearing before you in this input process EAP and its members share the common goal of assisting low-income customers in accessing energy assistance available here in Pennsylvania. We maintain that the best way to assure that Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable low-income families maintain utility service and keep the heat on during the winter months is to:
- Strengthen and expand ways in which public and private energy assistance dollars work together;
- Improve communication and cooperation in developing state plans and navigating complex policy issues for low-income energy assistance and weatherization; and
- Leverage private and public funds available for energy assistance to assure an effective and equitable use of taxpayer and ratepayer funds.
It is with these guiding principles in mind that EAP offers the following input on behalf of its member electric and natural gas distribution companies, each which by the way, contracts with the Commonwealth as an approved LIHEAP vendor.
Please direct any questions or requests for more information to Debra Kitner by email or phone at (717) 901-0607.