1. The utilities board shall adopt rules which shall require each electric and gas
public utility to establish a fund whose purposes shall include the receiving of contributions
to assist the utility's low-income customers with weatherization measures to improve
energy efficiency related to winter heating and summer cooling, and to supplement
the energy assistance received under the federal low-income home energy assistance
program for the payment of winter heating electric or gas utility bills.
2. The rules shall require each utility to periodically notify its customers of the
availability and purpose of the fund and to provide them with forms on which they
can authorize the utility to bill their contribution to the fund on a monthly basis.
3. The rules shall permit the fund to accept matching funds from persons or organizations
who wish to provide assistance for customers of the utility.
4. The utility may be reimbursed by the fund for the administrative costs of the billings,
disbursements, notices to customers, and financial recordkeeping. However, such reimbursement shall not exceed five percent of the total revenues
5. The utility shall establish a board or committee to determine the appropriate distribution
of the funds. The board or committee shall include representatives from community or regional
organizations which are active in assisting citizens with payment of their winter
6. The rules established by the utilities board shall require an annual report to
be filed for each fund. The utilities board shall compile an annual statewide report of the fund results. The division of community action agencies of the department of human rights shall
prepare an annual report of the unmet need for energy assistance and weatherization. Both reports shall be submitted to the appropriations committees of the general
assembly on the first day of the following session.
7. Existing programs to receive customer contributions established by public utilities
shall be construed to meet the requirements of this section. Such plans shall be subject to review by the utilities board.
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