You or someone you know may be eligible for help with home heating bills. From November 1 to March 31 of each year the Michigan Winter Protection Plan keeps enrolled senior citizens (age 65 or older) and income-eligible customers (150 percent at or below the federal poverty level) from losing energy service and helps manage utility payments. All customers must apply for energy assistance to be considered for the Plan.

Income-eligible customers must pay at least seven percent of their estimated annual bill each month and make equal monthly payments on any past due bills during the plan’s coverage period. Senior citizens are not required to make specific payments during the WPP period. However, they are encouraged to pay whatever they can to avoid large bills when the protection period ends.

All customers are responsible for service used. At the end of the protection period, all customers must arrange to pay outstanding bills before the next heating season.

Who is eligible?

You may qualify for protection if you meet the following requirements in addition those listed above:

  • Receive Department of Health and Human Services cash assistance, including SSI, food assistance or Medicaid.
  • Fall under annual income guidelines (see below).
Winter Protection Plan Income Guidelines (2017-2018)
Number of Household Members 150% of Poverty Level
1 $18,090
2 $24,360
3 $30,630
4 $36,900
5 $43,170
6 $49,440
7 $55,710
8 $61,980

*Add $6,270 for each additional household member.

All customers 65 or older are eligible regardless of income. However, customers are responsible for all service used. At the end of the protection period, all customers must arrange to pay outstanding bills before the next heating season.

For more information, call UPPCO at 800-562-7680 or 906-449-2013.