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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 

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Thousands of Iowans Unable to Afford Power Bills

July 7, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Record high prices of crude oil and gasoline make headlines almost daily, but constant increases in the cost of natural gas and propane have gone almost unnoticed by the media. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been tracking the rise, however. Spokesperson Jerry McKim says the group is concerned about the number of Iowans who will need energy assistance this coming winter. He says the average aid payment won't go far.

"Last year, the average benefit of $300 to $400 wouldn't even meet the requirement for a minimum delivery by a propane dealer."

According to McKim, Iowa figures are grim. When last winter's moratorium on utility disconnections ended in April, thousands of families in the state were behind on power bills. Although some were able to work out payment agreements, at last count almost 13,000 households have had their heating utilities disconnected.

McKim estimates that more than 15,000 households will start the coming winter with no heat. He says with energy costs soaring and federal dollars allocated for the program stagnant, the amount that can be provided per household will likely see a further decline.

"I'm very concerned that my federal funding is going to be sorely inadequate to meet these rising costs."

Dick Layman/Steve Powers, Public News Service - IA