Dominion Virginia Power is extending its EnergyShare program year-round to help elderly and low-income residents keep cool in the summer months.
The Richmond-based company put an additional $5 million into the program, which previously was used to help residents pay for their heating bills during the coldest months.
Under the plan, eligible residents can receive a one-time payment of up to $300 and senior citizens can receive a payment of up to $500.
“We expanded EnergyShare into a year-round program because we recognize the need occurs during summer months as well as during winter months,“ said David A. Heacock, president of Dominion Virginia Power, in a statement. “The summer’s heat can be just as taxing on the elderly and those who struggle to pay their electric bill. We want to ensure they get the assistance they need when they need it.“
To qualify, low-income residents must have received a disconnection notice, considered all other available assistance measures or demonstrate a crisis. Seniors do not need a disconnection notice to qualify.