Multiplying Aid: REACH Triple Match Provides Energy Bill Assistance to Larger Group of Income-Eligible PG&E Customers

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 Qualifying Customers Can Receive Up to $1,000 Bill Credit by Making a Payment

OAKLAND, Calif., April 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- To help support more customers facing past-due energy bills, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is expanding the eligibility requirements and benefits offered by the Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH) program. The REACH program helps qualifying customers pay their past-due energy bill to prevent service disconnections.

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The REACH Triple Match program provides customers who make a payment with a bill credit to help further reduce their balance. The program broadens the eligible customers who can receive a 3 to 1 match. For example, a household of four with an income of $120,000 a year could qualify for assistance.

REACH Triple Match requires low-to moderate-income customers to make a payment before matching it threefold, providing up to a $1,000 bill credit. For example, if a customer makes a payment of $100, REACH will match that with a bill credit of $300, for a total credit of $400.

You pay*

REACH pays

(Up to $1000)

Total payment toward

Your past due PG&E bill

$50 (minimum allowed)

$150

$200

$100

$300

$400

$250

$750

$1,000

$333.33

$1000 (maximum allowed)

$1,333.33

Income guidelines and information on how to apply is online here.

PG&E recently contributed $55 million to support the nonprofit Dollar Energy Fund (DEF), marking an expansion of the REACH program. This contribution is funded through PG&E and not customer rates.

More than $8.2 million in bill assistance has already been provided to qualifying PG&E customers this year. DEF operates separately from PG&E and is responsible for distributing funds to PG&E customers.

"PG&E is committed to providing tangible bill relief to more households," said Vincent Davis, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience. "Through REACH Triple Match, we want to help ensure equitable access to essential energy services."

REACH Triple Match Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have an active PG&E residential account in their name
  • Have a minimum past due balance of $200
  • Must meet specific income guidelines
  • Have not received REACH funding within the past 12 months
  • Minimum payment of $50 required
  • Customer payment plus matching funds may not exceed customer's outstanding balance

Dollar Energy Fund  

The Dollar Energy Fund, a nonprofit entity, administers the funding for the REACH program, operating 170 offices across Northern and Central California. PG&E customers, including those in need of in-language support or help with their applications, can contact an agency in their county or apply online at www.hardshiptools.org/MyApp. Applicants can also call 1-800-933-9677 for assistance.

Other PG&E Assistance Programs

PG&E has several other assistance programs to help customers who are behind on their energy bills. Billing assistance programs include:

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than sixteen million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news  

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