Charlotte J. Cavell
LIHEAP Action Day in Washington helps raise awareness of need
NEW ORLEANS – During LIHEAP Action Day March 2, Entergy New Orleans representatives and community partners will be making the case for increased funding of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The funding goal is at least $4.7 billion for 2017.
Face-to-face meetings with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill will address the need for better funding for hot-weather states through the federal program. Advocates also will highlight the current method of distributing available funds, which leaves many families in the hottest, poorest states struggling to meet basic needs such as heating and cooling costs.
Funding of LIHEAP has dropped by a third from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion today. This reduction limits the level of assistance available for the more than 3.8 million qualifying households in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – the four states in which Entergy’s utility customers reside.
Restoring funding could result in an estimated $450 million in assistance, capable of helping thousands of qualifying households in Entergy’s utility service area – including those in New Orleans. In 2015, these states received an estimated $210 million from LIHEAP. Here in the Bayou State, residents received $42.2 million and more than 61,000 families were assisted.
“The $240 million difference reflects the magnitude of need that currently cannot be met unless Congress properly and better funds this program,” said Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “Participating in LIHEAP Action Day is one of the many ways we power life for our customers, including those in need.”
Read more about Entergy’s low-income initiatives.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 194,000 customers and natural gas to some 05,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11.5 billion and more than 13,000 employees.