GMP: Help with Past Due Utility Bills from the Vermont Department Of Public Service

The disconnect moratorium that was put in place by the Public Utility Commission in response to the COVID-19 pandemic expired on July 15, 2021, but VBSR member Green Mountain Power has maintained a voluntary moratorium through the beginning of September. Those who have past due accounts can apply for the “VCAAP II” program for assistance. 

The 2021 Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP II) provides financial support to customers who may face disconnection of service because of past-due balances for their electric, landline telephone, Vermont Gas (natural gas), water or sewer/wastewater charges. 

Vermonters financially impacted by COVID-19 (either directly or indirectly) with 30+ days overdue charges can get help now to pay their arrearages for residential (both homeowners and tenants) and non-residential accounts.

Additionally, both residential account holders and businesses can get assistance for accounts 30+ days in arrears, that were billed after April 1, 2020 and were closed while the COVID-19 pandemic emergency was in effect: between April 1, 2020 and June 15, 2021. 

Homeowners may only apply for a grant for their primary residence.  Residential assistance is available for up to a total of $10,000; businesses can receive up to a total of $50,000 in assistance.

If you do not have access to the internet or have difficulty applying online, you can get help from your local Community Action Agency (CAA)

You must apply before October 25, 2021. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funding runs out, or the program ends. 

Learn more and apply here.