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    Payment assistance

    Having trouble paying your bill? We have resources to help.

    AES Indiana understands that utility bills can be a financial challenge for our customers. We encourage you to reach out should you need financial assistance at any time. Below are resources available to you as an AES Indiana customer, as well as information on local and federal assistance programs that can help ease the burden of your bill.

    Several assistance programs have eligibility requirements based on your household income. We recommend you know your household income first to determine which programs may be right for you. Here’s where to start.

    Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

    EAP is a federally funded, one-time benefit program that can assist you with the cost of utilities and can help if you are disconnected or about to get disconnected. EAP is also referred to as Low-Income Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP.

    Who qualifies for EAP?

    Indiana households that make 60% of the state median income (60SMI) or less may qualify for these benefits. See below for a detailed breakdown of income qualifications.

    Household size Last 3 Months Household Income Must NOT EXCEED    
    1 $6,954     
    2 $9,096     
    3 $11,238     
    4 $13,377     
    5 $15,519     
    6 $17,658     
    7 $18,060     
    8 $18,462     
    When can I apply for EAP?

    You can apply for a heating benefit anytime between October 2, 2023, through May 20, 2024.

    Important dates to know:

    • October 2, 2023: Applications begin to be accepted at Local Service Providers. open
    • November 1, 2023: The 2024 Energy Assistance Program benefits begin to be transferred to utility vendors.
    • December 1, 2023: Start of Moratorium protection. Participants with active service who have applied for EAP are protected from disconnection until March 15, 2024.
    • March 15, 2024: End of Moratorium protection.
    • May 20, 2024: End of the EAP heating season. Last day for households to apply.
    What to do after I apply?
    • Applying for EAP helps you receive moratorium protection, which in turn helps your utility not get shut off.
    • Proof of application submission or approval letter must be submitted to AES Indiana by emailing aesindianaeap@aes.com or your account will not be held from disconnection during the moratorium period, December 1, 2023 through March 15, 2024.

     

    What happens when I get approved or denied for EAP?
    • If approved for EAP, you can still apply for AES Indiana’s Power of Change program.
    • If denied for EAP, you can apply for the Winter Assistance Fund (WAF) and for AES Indiana’s Power of Change program.

    United Way of Central Indiana’s Winter Assistance Fund

    The Winter Assistance Fund (WAF) is championed by United Way of Central Indiana for Marion County residents who struggle with increased utility costs but do not qualify for EAP. To apply, call or visit an application site near you. Also, you can apply online.

    Who qualifies for WAF?

    Eligibility is based upon household income.

    Household size Total last 3 months gross income must be over Total last 3 months gross income must not exceed
    1 $6,753  $7,644 
    2 $8,831  $10,299 
    3 $10,908  $12,954 
    4 $12,987  $15,609 
    5 $15,065  $18,264 
    6 $17,143  $20,919 
    7 $17,532  $23,574 
    When can I apply?

    Applications are available starting November 1, 2022 and go through May 31, 2023.

    What happens when I get approved or denied?

    Regardless of your WAF approval or denial, you can still apply for AES Indiana’s Power of Change program.

    AES Indiana’s Power of Change

    Power of Change assists income-qualified customers, regardless of approval or denial from EAP or WAF, with a one-time grant for electric bill assistance. To apply, locate your nearest agency and call or visit to complete an application.

    Who qualifies for Power of Change?

    You must apply for EAP first and be one of the following: LIHEAP participant, LIHEAP qualified, or have proof of eligibility in SNAP, TANF, HIP or Medicaid.

    When can I apply?

    You must apply for EAP first. Proof of application submission or approval letter must be submitted to AES Indiana by emailing aesindianaeap@aes.com.

    What happens when I get approved or denied?
    • Upon approval, the assistance pledge will be posted to your AES Indiana account. You will receive a letter of approval from the Power of Change program partner for your records.
    • If the request is denied, you will receive a letter of explanation from the Power of Change program partner for your records. 

    Community assistance programs

    In addition to the above assistance programs, there are additional resources available to help those in need.

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    Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)

    IHCDA helps with housing assistance to provide the opportunity for you to live in safe, affordable, good-quality housing in economically stable communities. Learn more about their available programs.

    Indianapolis community centers and trustees

    Community centers and trustees are listed on the AES Indiana website.

    AES Indiana assistance programs

    Should you need assistance with your utility bill but don’t qualify for income-based programs, we can still help.

    Budget billing

    Who is eligible?

    • AES Indiana residential customers who are current on their bill

    How it works

    • The starting point is the average amount for your last 12 AES Indiana bills.
    • You’ll be billed the same amount for the first three months, even if your energy use varies.
    • Your payment amount may be adjusted once every three months, as your actual energy use is factored into your rolling 12-month average.
    • On every monthly bill, you’ll see how much energy you actually used and the cost, which may be more or less than the amount you pay that month under the Budget Billing plan.
    • We’ll “settle up” with a credit or balance due in month 12, but seasonal adjustments throughout the year help avoid surprises.
    • When you enroll, your Budget Billing plan will begin with your next monthly billing statement
    Short and long-term payment extensions

    Short-term extensions

    • Best for customers who just need a few extra days to pay their current bill
    • Approval is based on account status and payment history
    • Available for residential and business customers

    Long-term extensions

    How to apply

    • Residential customers can divide payments over three or six months. AES Indiana will divide your remaining balance over the extension period. This amount will be included in the total amount due on your coming bills.
    • $10 minimum payment is required.
      • Apply online
      • Enroll over the phone at 888-261-8222 and select Billing & Payments in our automated system.
      • Payment extensions must be made at least two business days before your due date or scheduled disconnect date.
      • Large commercial and industrial customers with an account representative should speak to them first for customized payment plans.
    Preferred due date

    AES Indiana lets you choose a custom due date that works best with your cash flow.

    Who is eligible?

    • Customers accounts must be current to participate.
    • We will contact you within three business days to confirm your request.
    • Please have your account number available.
    Energy Efficiency programs

    AES Indiana has several opportunities to save on your electric bill, including general energy saving tips as well as different programs and assessments you may be eligible to participate in.

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