Electric Utility Relief Program

About the Electric Utility Relief Program

On March 11, 2020, Governor Mike Dunleavy declared that a public health disaster emergency exists statewide in Alaska with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. On April 30, 2021, the public health disaster period ended. On June 30, 2021, the budget appropriations bill, House Bill 69, was approved and became law. The bill provided the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development with $7,000,000 in funding for a grant to electric utilities to address delinquent residential payments due to COVID-19.

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) was directed to implement the Electric Utility Relief Program whereby COVID-19 relief funds could be distributed to Alaska electric utilities. The funds distributed are to be credited to the accounts of residential electric utility customers in arrears due to COVID-19. In the case where funds are insufficient to meet all grantee requests, the funding is expected to be equitably prorated amount grantees.

The arrearage will have accrued during the period from March 11, 2020-April 30, 2021, and must be outstanding as of August 1, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application using one of the following methods. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on November 22, 2021, to be considered for payment.

  1. Online Application – Complete the online application here, or
  2. Printable Application  Print the application here and mail or deliver to:

Alaska Energy Authority
ATTN: Planning Department – COVID-19 RELIEF
813 W Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99503

Resources

EURP Letter to Electric Utility (PDF)
EURP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Contact

If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact AEA at (907) 771-3056.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Electric Utility Relief Program?
The Electric Utility Relief Program (EURP) stems from action by the United States Congress American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 which acted to deliver relief to Americans during the period of COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, Governor Mike Dunleavy declared that a public health disaster emergency exists statewide in Alaska with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The funds distributed under EURP will be paid to Alaska electric utilities to compensate them for residential electric utility customer accounts in arrears due to COVID-19.

2. Who is eligible for EURP?
Alaska’s electric utility companies who have suffered non-payment of residential electric bills by their customers.

3. What does EURP cover?
The relief grant program covers billing arrearages between the period from March 11, 2020, through April 30, 2021, and which on August 1, 2021, were still outstanding and for which the electric utility had not received any payment from any other source.

4. How do I apply?
You may complete the online application​ here or print the application here and mail or deliver to:

Alaska Energy Authority
ATTN: Planning Department – COVID-19 RELIEF
813 W Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99503

5. When is the application due?
The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on November 22, 2021. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

6. What to expect after you submit your application?
AEA will begin reviewing applications as they are received.

7. If AEA finds my application incomplete or deficient will I be contacted?
Yes. AEA will contact you and you must within five days supplement your application with the required materials.

8. When will I be notified of the final decision on my application?
AEA anticipates it will be able to review all applications within approximately 60 days. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as all applications have been processed and calculations made regarding payment levels. Awardees will be required to execute a grant agreement before payment is distributed.