Operation Fuel in the News: Financial Assistance for Energy and Heat

CT By The Numbers: As Utility Bills Rise, Resources in CT Can Help Older Adults

Posted on June 28, 2022 – “Erlingheuser noted Connecticut residents pay the highest electric prices in the lower 48 states. One resource available for those who need help paying utility bills is Operation Fuel. Before applying, a household needs to gather proof of the last four weeks of income for all household members, the name of their fuel vendor or a utility bill and payment history.” Read more here …

AARP-CT: AARP Connecticut Urges Consumers to Prepare for High Electricity Costs This Summer

Posted on June 14, 2022 – “With an increase for Connecticut’s electric standard service generation rate going into effect on July 1, AARP Connecticut is raising awareness among consumers on how they can best prepare their homes for extremely warm weather and higher utility bills. AARP also encourages participation in assistance and weatherization programs that are available to many residents.” Read more here …

Hartford Courant: Metropolitan District Urges Customers With Overdue Bills To Seek Assistance. Here’s How

Posted on May 11, 2022 – MDC customers also can contact Operation Fuel to determine eligibility for water bill assistance at www.operationfuel.org/gethelp. Read more here …

Connecticut Network: “Energy Insecurity in Connecticut” Virtual Town Hall w/ Operation Fuel, Vermont Law School, & Yale University

Recorded on May 6, 2022 – “From January to April 2022, the researchers conducted 10 focus groups with 22 CT residents to discuss their lived experiences with and coping mechanisms for unaffordable heat and electricity costs. The team shared participants’ experiences and Operation Fuel’s policy and program teams moderated a Q&A open to all audience members.” Watch here …

Connecticut Public: Operation Fuel Says Request For Heating Assistance Are Way Up

Posted March 15, 2022 – “That’s why we try to encourage people to apply despite what their income status may be,” Watson said. “If you’re someone who’s working and living paycheck-to-paycheck, you’re very likely eligible for our program.” Read more here.

Energy News Network: Connecticut ‘Right to Charge’ Bill Paves Path For Renter to Install Their Own EV Chargers

Posted March 10, 2022 – “Gannon Long, director of policy and public affairs at Operation Fuel, which provides energy assistance to low-income households in Connecticut, said she hasn’t heard that the right to charge is of any concern to the financially burdened residents of environmental justice communities.” Read more here.

Fox 61 News: As Oil Prices Spike, Connecticut Organizations Work to Help Residents Pay Heating Bills

Posted March 3, 2022 – “Ryan Oil also works with Operation Fuel, an organization that helps families that may be struggling with utility bills or energy costs with financial assistance. The program serves around 14,000 families every year.” Read more here.

WTNH News 8: Help Available for Conn. Homeowners Amid Rising Oil Prices

Posted February 24, 2022 – “Operation Fuel provides up to $500 to households earning up to 75% of the state’s median income. That is $65,000 for an individual and $125,000 for a family of four.” Read more here.

NBC Connecticut: Consumers Feel Pinch of Rising Fuel, Energy Prices

Posted February 21, 2022 – “Metzler recommends people in Connecticut take advantage of Operation Fuel, a program that isn’t available in all states.” Read more here.

Doing It Local: Connecticut’s Clean Energy Industry More Resilient Than That Of Other States In Region, Nation

Posted February 14, 2022 – “The clean energy industry is helping our families and businesses reduce energy costs while creating well-paying jobs. We must work with many community-based organizations, to not only widen the jobs funnel, but develop a clear pathway for Hispanic, Black and women workers to increase their presence in the industry.” Read more here.

CT Insider: Having Trouble Paying For Heat This Winter? These CT Programs Can Help

Posted February 1, 2022 – “Besides state assistance, residents may also find help with home heating costs through Operation Fuel, a Hartford nonprofit that provides assistance to households making less than 75 percent of state median income.” Read more here.

WFUV: Strike a Chord Campaign

“WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign is turning its attention to organizations that help fight winter woes.” Read more here.

New Haven Independent: Murphy, CAAs Vow To Keep Boosting Fuel Assistance

Posted January 28, 2022 – “Pandemic conditions requiring people to stay at home for more of the day have sent some families’ utility bills rising.” Read more here.

New Haven Register: Energy Funding Assistance Must Be Maintained, New Haven Nonprofit Leaders Tell Murphy

Posted January 27, 2022 – “Dana Barcellos-Allen, marketing and development director of Operation Fuel, said she and her colleagues worry about May, when a state program that delays utility shut-offs based on economic hardship ends.” Read more here.

WTNH News 8: PURA Sheds Light on Programs That Help Bring Down Utility Cost

Posted January 27, 2022 – “My predecessor at Operation Fuel is the reason why I go above and beyond and try to figure out ways in which we can serve people in a way that provides them with not only dignity, but with choice in the privacy of their own home,” said Brenda Watson, executive director of Operation Fuel. Read more here.

Naugatuck Patch: Help with Winter Heating Bills from Operation Fuel

Posted January 26, 2022 – “Do you or someone you know have unpaid utility bills? Or is struggling to pay for heating costs?” Read more here.

WTNH News 8: Operation Fuel Offers Financial Assistance for Energy and Heat

Posted January 24, 2022 – “The cost of oil on the rise and with low temperatures, many in our state are struggling to heat their homes; Operation Fuel wants people to know that help is available.” Read more here.

CT Post: As Temperatures Drop in Connecticut, There’s Plenty of Heating Aid Available

Posted January 13, 2022. “Another assistance program, Operation Fuel, is available for those who need assistance with heating bills.” Read more here.

News 12 Westchester: Need Assistance Keeping Your Home Warm? Here Are Some Tri-state Resources

Posted January 11, 2022 – “Operation Fuel offers year-round emergency energy and utility assistance for customers facing a financial crisis.” Read more here.

CT Mirror: The Price of Energy is Going Up

Posted November 19, 2021. Brenda Watson, now the executive director of Operation Fuel, which helps low-income people pay energy bills, recalled multiple weather emergencies at the time that caused them to go through $1 million of fuel assistance in six weeks. “We were sitting around the table – how can we help people?” she said. “We weren’t against [the idea of opting for gas expansion]. We weren’t attuned to the environmental impact at the time. Now I know better.” Read more here.

iHeartRadio: Op Fuel Executive Director Talks Winter Assistance

Posted: November 7, 2021. Here is Renee DiNino’s interview with Brenda Watson, Executive Director of Operation Fuel. She chats about Operation Fuel’s mission to provide year-round energy and utility assistance, promote energy independence, and advocate for affordable energy for Connecticut residents. Listen online here.

NBC Connecticut: Home Heating Costs Predicted to Spike this Winter

Posted November 5, 2021. “I’ve fallen behind. I can’t keep up,” said Wanda Flores, inside her Beacon Street home in Hartford. Flores, who has been in a wheelchair  decades because of a rare genetic disease, owes Eversource $1,194 for electricity, a bill that she’s been struggling to catch up on since May. “I’ve never had a bill this high in my entire life,” said Flores. Add that to her natural gas bill and she owes nearly $1,500. For the last several years, Flores has turned to Operation Fuel, a charity that gives out $500 grants to those who need help paying their utility bills. Click here for full video.

Hartford Courant: Just In Time For Winter, Eversource Warns Customers of a Double Digit Increase In Natural Gas

Posted November 3, 2021 – “In addition, the utility cited Operation Fuel, a Hartford-based private, nonprofit energy assistance program for those who need emergency help with their energy bills and aren’t receiving other state or federal assistance.” Read more here.

Fox 61: Home Heating Bills Expected to Increase This Winter

Posted November 1, 2021

“We know that COVID has put a lot of hardships on people we know that people have had job losses or hours cut,” said Dana Barcellos-Allen, marketing and development director for Operation Fuel. The organization has already started to see that increase. “As a matter of fact even in the early fall once we started hearing that the moratorium on some of the utilities was going to be ending we started seeing more applications come in then.” Click here for full video.

WFSB Video: Home Heating Costs Expected to Surge this Year, How Operation Fuel Helps

Posted: October 14, 2021

Feel free to share and help spread the word ➡️ If you or someone you know needs help with home heating prices, don’t be afraid to contact Operation Fuel, Inc. They help with home heating oil and electric bills — and the demand is expected to rise this winter. Thanks to Dana Barcellos-Allen for joining us on WFSB – Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 4:30. Click here for full video.

WTIC NewsTalk 1080: Utility Shutoff Moratorium Ends for Non-Hardship Customers

Posted: October 2, 2021

Click here to read full story. Connecticut’s moratorium that barred utility companies from shutting off services because of unpaid bills ends Wednesday for residents who are not classified as having a financial hardship. The state put the moratorium in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to help families that were struggling financially. With the end of the moratorium, customers who are not considered to have financial hardships may soon see bills with shutoff notices coming in the mail.

This may come as a shock for residents who are still struggling financially, Operation Fuel Executive Director Brenda Watson said. Watson recommends residents who are facing this challenge to reach out to the utility company to see if they qualify for having financial hardship or to learn about any payment plans they offer.

“I understand that the utilities are at the point now where they are willing to work with any customer who calls them and notes that they’re struggling with the cost of their utility bills,” she said.

WFSB Better Connecticut: Operation Fuel Helping Local Families

Posted: February 22, 2021

Click here for an in-depth look at Operation Fuel’s application process for applying for utility bill and energy assistance through Operation Fuel’s online portal at operationfuel.org/gethelp.

Due to the pandemic, many families are struggling with the most basic needs; one of those is keeping their family warm. Brenda Watson is the executive director of Operation Fuel, she is telling us about the program.

 

WTNH: Operation Fuel on a Mission

Click here to see Operation Fuel Executive Director Brenda Watson talk with WTNH News 8 about how people struggling with utility bills can now apply online for financial assistance at operationfuel.org/gethelp

(WTNH) — With winter here, some people are finding it hard to afford their heating bills.

Brenda Watson, Operation Fuel’s Executive Director, joined News 8 to explain how to get help and how to help others.

There are over 400,000 households in Connecticut who struggle with the cost of home energy.

There are two ways people can help those who are struggling:

  • Let people know that helpful resources are available
  • Add a dollar to your monthly utility bill

If you need to apply for assistance, call 211 or go to operationfuel.org/gethelp.