State Low-Income Assistance Fee
Created By 2005 Wisconsin Act 141
- Funds utility bill payment assistance and weatherization for low-income customers across the state.
- Collected by electric utilities using a prescribed formula.
- Forwarded to the Wisconsin Department of Administration for deposit in the Utility Public Benefits Fund.
- Is a way for the State to raise revenues to pay for specific government expenditures.
- Is not part of MGE's rates; MGE does not profit from it.
- Is neither a charitable contribution nor a deductible business expense for utilities or our customers.
How much is the State Low-Income Assistance Fee?
Effective July 1, 2012, the maximum daily charge per meter is:
|Residential||$0.10362 per day (about $3.15 per month)|
(Up to 200 kW Demand)
|$0.20888 per day (about $6.35 per month)|
(Over 200 kW Demand)
|$5.59211 per day (about $170.00 per month)|
The fee is capped at no more than 3% of an electric bill in a given month. Those customers who use a very small amount of electricity may pay a reduced amount due to the 3% cap.
Commercial customers with multiple electric meters may request refunds for fees that exceed $750 in a month.