NY Expands Energy-Relief Policy for Low-Income Residents

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State is expanding its Energy Affordability Policy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that $12 million will be added to provide nearly two million low-income New Yorkers with direct energy cost relief annually. The money will allow 50,000 customers to participate and brings the total program benefits to $260 million.

The policy change will boost the number of low-income utility customers receiving monthly discounts from approximately 1.1 million to 1.7 million.

The policy, which was announced last year, limits energy costs for low-income New Yorkers to no more than approximately 6 percent of household income, on average. That’s half of what many New Yorkers are currently paying.