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Staying warm this winter may cost more for American families

CAFCA | October 30, 2018 |

The cost of staying warm this winter is going to grow for the average American, and it’s going to be especially painful for those who rely on heating oil, a federal agency said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts a 20 percent increase in spending for heating oil but more modest increases of 3 percent for electricity and 5 percent for natural gas. Propane expenditures are expected to be roughly on par with last year, the agency said. It’s tough news for residents of the Northeast, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the nation’s residential heating oil consumption.

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CAFCA | March 23, 2018 |

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying their home heating bills for the 2017/2018 winter season that there is still time to apply for assistance under the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. The general deadline for applications is May 1, 2018, however eligible households that are subject to a shut-off notice by a utility for heating bills have an extended deadline of May 15.

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Sen. Chris Murphy Wants to Help Struggling Connecticut Households Pay for Heat

CAFCA | February 16, 2016 |

Oil and natural gas prices have gone down, but the need for energy assistance in Connecticut has gone up, according to a recent report released by Operation Fuel. The report revealed that 313,000 Connecticut households can't afford their energy bills. Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is looking for support from Washington to increase funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). He said Connecticut will receive funding, but it's not enough.

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FFY 2014/2015 LIHEAP Plan Approved

CAFCA | August 27, 2014 |

(Hartford)-The FFY 2014/2015 Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Allocation Plan was approved yesterday by the Appropriations, Human Services, and Energy and Technology Committees of the Connecticut General Assembly.

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Mild winter doesn't spare emergency heating program

Keith M. Phaneuf | March 23, 2012 | LIHEAP; Community Action; Heating Assistance

Anti-poverty advocates say an extremely mild winter couldn't undo all the damage from deep federal budget cuts to Connecticut's heating assistance program.

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Mild winter, unexpected federal funds help keep LIHEAP afloat, for now

Arielle Levine Becker | February 14, 2012 | Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);

The unusually mild winter might have flummoxed forecasters, frustrated ski buffs and worried those concerned about climate change, but so far, it's been a critical break for poor families relying on a reduced pot of government assistance to pay for heat.

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