OPALCO members may be eligible for a $200 bill credit from Washington State

Submitted by OPALCO

Through the Washington Families Clean Energy Credits Grant program, OPALCO residential customers could be eligible for a $200 Bill Credit. This program is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act, which supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-investment dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health.

Per state guidelines, these funds will be prioritized to members at or below the 80% area median income and if funds remain can go up to 150% of the area median income. This is a one-time $200 credit for eligible residential electric utility accounts.

It’s super easy to apply for this program, visit https://wacleanenergycredits.com/relief_program. You will need your OPALCO account number, the county that the account is in, the number of people in your household as of today, and the total gross (pre-tax) annual income for last year (2023) for all current adult household members. You won’t need to upload any documents to apply. If you get a text message saying you were pre-qualified with your account number, you will automatically receive the bill credit no later than September 15.

If your application is successful you will get a $200 bill credit applied directly to your power bill. You may receive a text message from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the software company Promise to apply or to let you know that you were pre-qualified. Promise specializes in helping state and local governments distribute funds to utility customers. OPALCO is working with the state and Promise to get these funds to our local community.

Washington State and the Climate Commitment Act are giving out these credits because the increasing expense of utility bills for many households presents a significant obstacle for residents as the state transitions toward a clean energy future. The bill credits are to help alleviate these costs for these households.

The funds must be distributed by September 15th, 2024, so apply today!

Visit https://wacleanenergycredits.com/ for more information about this program.

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,400 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 97% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937. Follow OPALCO @OrcasPower on Facebook and Twitter.