The OPPD Energy Assistance Program, administered by Dollar Energy Fund, assists eligible utility customers with their Omaha Public Power District electric bills. Customers may be eligible to receive funds that are applied directly to their utility bill. This program is designed to provide assistance above and beyond what is available through federal, state and other programs. Program guidelines and eligibility requirements are subject to change.
Omaha Public Power District’s Energy Assistance Program
The calendar year of the program runs from October 1st through September 30th. Assistance is provided for utility bills that are past due, under threat of disconnection, or already disconnected.
Funds are dispersed on a first come, first serve basis to eligible applicants while funding is available.
Proof of Emergency Situation
Individuals eligible for assistance are those who are experiencing an acute financial crisis due to a verifiable emergency and who have exhausted alternative resources. Emergency situations generally include:
- Non-regular expenses
- Medical expenses
- Medical situation that requires continuous utility service and verified by doctor
- Job loss
- Departure of primary wage earner
- Extenuating circumstances that will endanger a vulnerable adult or child
The maximum grant amount an applicant may receive is $500.
Applicants can receive more than one grant per program year until reaching the maximum grant amount. (10/1/2021 – 9/30/2022)
Grant awards are based on need and each family’s circumstances are different. Grant amounts are determined on a case-to-case basis.
If a customer’s utility service is off or in threat of termination when they apply and the maximum grant amount will not restore service or stop termination, the application will be denied. The amount needed to restore service or stop a termination is determined by utility review. Notification will be sent to the customer advising them that their application was denied and that an additional payment is required in order to be considered for assistance.
All applicants must provide verification of income. Verification of income can be proof of enrollment in another low-income program.
Income-eligible clients must apply for all federally- funded programs when those programs are open.
Account must be residential, single home or apartment. No “cooking only,” commercial, industrial, or apartments with shared utility service.
Name on account must be that of an adult who is currently living in the home.
Grants can be used to cover security deposits.
Total gross household income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Use our Income Calculator to find out if your gross (before tax) income is within the range of eligibility for our programs.
How to Apply
The best way to start seeking help is by calling OPPD directly at 1-877-536-4131 or visit www.oppd.com/EAP, where you will be provided with information on various assistance programs that are available to you and how you can get help.
The OPPD Energy Assistance Program also partners with a network of Community Based Organizations. These dedicated agencies provide application intake services for clients to receive Energy Assistance Program funds. Find an agency in your area with Dollar Energy Fund’s Agency Finder.