Energy Assistance Programs

When times are tough, Flathead Electric Cooperative is willing to work with you to provide options that can help you keep the power on.  Please contact us and the resources listed below if you are having difficulty paying your electric bill.

In an effort to keep costs down and to save our members money, we made changes to our disconnect process.  In the past, if phone and mail attempts were unsuccessful in reaching an approved payment option with a member, a pink tag was placed at the service location.  The pink tag stated that the service would be disconnected if a sufficient payment or an approved payment arrangement was not made within five days.  Due to the labor involved to place a pink tag at these locations, a $30 fee was also added to delinquent bills.  A pink tag is no longer placed at the service location and there will no longer be a $30 fee applied to the account.  Delinquent accounts now receive a mailed disconnect notice and this will be the final notification prior to the disconnect taking effect.

We would like to encourage our members who are having financial difficulties to contact us prior to this point. Please let us know how we can assist you further.

(1) "LIEAP" Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Apply at:

Community Action Partnership
214 Main St., Kalispell
758-5433 or 1-800-344-5979
or Community Action Partnership
933 Farm to Market Rd, Suite B, Libby
293-2712

A portion of home heating costs as well as some emergency needs may be met through LIEAP. Benefits are applied to the members' primary heat source. (electric, gas, wood, propane, etc.) and are for the winter heating months of October thru April . The member is responsible for usage prior to October 1st and bills in excess of the LIEAP benefit amount.

To be eligible, Co-op members must meet federal low-income guidelines based on gross income and the number of persons in the home. The current guidelines are $21,498 for one person, $28,113 for two persons, $34,728 for three persons, and $41,343 for four persons.

This program is funded by Federal and State government agencies (this is not welfare).

Eligibility is based on gross income from all household members and the value of their resources. Primary home, vehicles and personal property are excluded. Benefit amounts are determined by total income and number of household members, type of fuel used and size, type, and location of the home. Payment processing may take 6 to 8 weeks.

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(2) Energy Share of Montana

Apply at:

Community Action Partnership (same as above)

Energy Share benefits are a one-time grant to alleviate a temporary heating emergency. Eligibility is not based solely on income but also on the extenuating circumstances the household is facing.

Applications may be submitted between October 1 and mid-June each year. Applicants must first apply for LIEAP and have a delinquent bill before Energy Share will be considered.

Energy Share is funded mostly through private and corporate donations with some state funding. To contribute to Energy Share of Montana please click here for a printable envelope.

A local Committee meets weekly between October and June to review each application and make the final decisions on awarding benefits. Often applicants are required to pay a portion of the bill before Energy Share will help.  The local Committee considers income, expenses, emergency situation, payment history on account and other factors when determining the benefit amount.

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(3) Neighbors in Need

(This is a Christian Program)

Apply at:

Help Net
752-8181

Benefits can be used one time a year, per family, or household. These funds can also be used for car repair, food items, rent/shelter, etc.

(4) 50% Basic Charge Waiver Program

Apply at:

Community Action Partnership (same as above)

To be eligible for this program, residential members must be qualified as low-income according to the federal guidelines set by LIEAP. The LIEAP applications may be submitted between October 1 and April 30 each year to Community Action Partnership.

Eligible members will receive a credit equal to half the basic charge on their bill each month for up to twelve months. The credit begins in the month we receive notice from the LIEAP office of eligibility and continues through the September billing. In most cases this would be a credit of $10.63 per month.

All recipients of this program must reapply each year.

Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013