ASSOCIATED PRESS––Americans forego basic necessities to pay electric bills to cover air conditioning expenses during the worst heat waves on record; meanwhile, federal aid programs, including the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) reach only a fraction of customers in need.
NPR––Americans are preparing for more extreme heat just a few days after the hottest day ever recorded; meanwhile, the U.S. is in the middle of a utility disconnection crisis.
INDIANA CAPITAL CHRONICLE––AES Indiana, one of the Indiana’s “big five” investor-owned utility companies, logged the state’s top residential disconnection rate in data from an Indiana University dashboard launched Friday.
ENERGY NEWS NETWORK––Technology no longer requires utilities to dispatch a service worker to shut off a customer’s power. Consumer advocates, though, say regulators should still require an in-person visit before companies turn off electricity.
FOX59––Sanya Carley explains to Fox59 News Correspondent how Indiana residents can prepare for the worst effects of winter, including increased energy bills.
FINANCIAL TIMES––More than a quarter of American households with children struggled to pay their energy bills at least once in the past year, says US Census Household Pulse Survey data released last week.
NPR MARKETPLACE––As temperatures drop, unemployment remains high, and additional pandemic relief aid is stalled, activists warn about an energy crisis: a growing number of Americans are unable to pay utility bills.
TIME––As utility companies resume cutting power to customers who have fallen behind on their bills, residents in Ohio, Florida, Maryland, Indiana, and Illinois are at risk of shutoffs as early as September 2020. Shutoffs can resume in late September or October in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.