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NV Energy hosting phone expo for people with past-due bills

Updated July 8, 2020 - 9:46 am

Las Vegans looking for help with past-due electric bills are invited to NV Energy’s Senior Energy Assistance Expo next week.

Through Project REACH (Relief through Energy Assistance to Prevent Customer Hardships), a program funded by the NV Energy Foundation, thousands of local seniors have received help in paying electric bills over the last 12 years.

While the expo is usually geared toward seniors 62 and older, this year will be different. It’s eliminating the age requirements and will now accept income-eligible customers, too.

And unlike previous expos, this year’s event will be held telephone-style because of the pandemic.

“When we got to March and the pandemic hit, we realized there were a number of customers in need of assistance who might not meet that age qualification,” NV Energy community relations manager Angel Williams said. “If anyone meets the income requirements, we will provide the assistance.”

This year, Williams says that NV Energy will be able to reach more customers because the maximum amounts have changed to a smaller amount. Eligible customers can receive a maximum of $150 in the form of bill credit.

Average bill $125 a month

The typical single-family residential customer in Southern Nevada uses 1,088 kilowatt hours a month, with an average monthly bill of $125.36.

The United Way of Southern Nevada, along with 10 local nonprofits, helps administer the utility assistance fund. Last year, Project REACH awarded $569,806 in energy assistance to 2,271 NV Energy customers.

Applicants will have until July 10 to submit the completed form and income documentation to NV Energy’s email or mailing address, or drop it off at one of the utility company’s two office locations — at 6226 W. Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas or 1737 Hunkins Drive in North Las Vegas.

Customers will be notified if they are eligible and can call NV Energy directly anytime between July 14 and July 23 to speak with a customer service agent who will help them apply for the bill assistance.

Williams says the expo is also an opportunity for seniors to ask questions with the customer service agents about their bill, talk about other payment plans and discuss ways to save on energy in a one-on-one conversation.

For more information on Project REACH, visit nvenergy.com/assistance or call 702-402-5200.

Contact Jonathan Ng at jng@reviewjournal.com. Follow @ByJonathanNg on Twitter.

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