During its meeting on Tuesday, September 19, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors acted to significantly expand financial assistance to more customers through IID’s Residential Energy Assistance Program (REAP) .
EL CENTRO – During its meeting on Tuesday, September 19, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors acted to significantly expand financial assistance to more customers through IID’s Residential Energy Assistance Program (REAP).
“Our commitment has always been to the well-being of our customers. Recognizing the financial hardships many face, we’ve taken measures to extend our reach and support,” shared IID Board President, Alex Cardenas. “Now, even more residents will find relief in their electric bills through our comprehensive assistance programs. This Board’s united action today speaks volumes and our message is clear: We’re here for you.”
The board action lowers the minimum age requirement for a 30 percent discount for income-qualified customers’ electric bills from age 62 to age 60. Additionally, qualified customers under age 60 can receive a 20 percent discount on their electric bill through the same program.
IID also offers up to $400 a year in financial assistance for those REAP customers who face disconnection through the district’s Emergency Energy Assistance Program (EEAP). IID also provides a reduced electric rate for REAP customers who need electricity to operate medical equipment through its Medical Equipment Assistance Program (MEEAP).
Currently, IID has about 12,000 of its 160,000 metered accounts enrolled in REAP. This assistance program alone, as of early September, had $3.1 million in available funds. There are also $1.4 million available for the EEAP program and $62,000 in available MEEAP funding.
“IID has dollars ready for customer relief now. Let’s not leave a cent unspent by year-end,” added Vice President JB Hamby. “The assistance is available now. Please get in touch with IID today and sign up.”
IID encourages any customer who is having trouble with their electric bill to contact IID’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-303-7756 for assistance. The district may be able to provide temporary deferrals, and interest-free installment plans or make referrals to other programs that may offer assistance.
Customers can get a REAP application at any IID Customer Service Center or online at www.iid.com.