Programs that provide financial assistance for people who are at risk for having their utilities shut off; offer discounted utility services; provide disconnection protection; arrange for notification regarding pending disconnection; make available special services such as large print utility bills or levalized energy bill payment arrangements which support people's ability to make their payments; or supply wood, propane, butane or other fuel for heating or cooking purposes in situations where people have no other means of acquiring them. Utility assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
Companies that provide natural gas, electric, water or telephone services to business and residential customers. Also included are companies that provide propane/home heating oil or other similar energy alternatives. In areas where power deregulation has occurred and unbundled service is available, customers can choose to purchase electricity and/or natural gas from a variety of competing sources while maintaining their current delivery arrangements. Choices are also available in local and long distance telephone service.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.