More support available to help APS customers in need

  • Customers behind on their bills will have more time to pay in 2021
  • Late fees will continue to be waived for residential and business customers through Oct. 15, 2021
  • Qualifying limited-income customers received additional bill credit, eliminating entire balances of $250 or less
  • Eligibility requirements eased for bill discount program
  • Customers urged to explore funds available in bill relief programs offered by APS, community partners

PHOENIX – Recognizing that for many Arizonans the economic challenges caused by COVID-19 will continue into the new year, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) remains here to help customers.

Since March, when the pandemic changed Arizonans’ way of life, APS suspended late fees and disconnections for nonpayment through December and distributed $10.5 million via a special Customer Support Fund that provided one-time bill credits of up to $300 for residential customers and $1,000 for small businesses. In addition, APS worked to connect customers with over $6.1 million in various forms of utility bill support – both COVID relief and that available even without a pandemic.

“Our pandemic bill relief programs have assisted more than 65,000 customers in 2020 to help those impacted by COVID-19 get back on their feet,” said Monica Whiting, APS Chief Customer Officer.

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APS will continue to waive late fees for residential and business customers through Oct. 15, 2021, and in adherence to the approach adopted by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the company will provide flexible payment options and additional assistance for those who need help the most.

The following includes the various types of assistance that will be available in 2021:

  • Beginning with January bills, APS will automatically place residential customers with past due balances of $75 or more on an eight-month payment plan, giving them more time to bring their accounts current. APS is voluntarily applying this to business customers as well.
  • Limited-income customers on the APS Energy Support or Energy Support with Medical programs with past due balances of any amount received a one-time credit prior to the payment arrangement. The credit will be $250 or the total balance, whichever is lower.
  • APS is making its limited-income bill discount programs available to more people by expanding the income qualification from 150% of the federal poverty level to 200%. More than 71,000 limited-income customers are currently enrolled and receive a bill discount each month. In 2020, these customers received more than $25 million in bill discounts.

APS urges customers who feel they need more than eight months to bring their accounts current or those who are behind by less than $75 to contact the APS Customer Care Center to discuss their options.

“We encourage customers who have struggled to stay current with their bills, or who need longer than the eight-month automatic arrangement, to contact us so we can help them bring their accounts back into good standing over time,” Whiting said. “We also can connect them to utility bill assistance programs, energy efficiency programs and service plan options that may help reduce future bills. We are genuinely here to work with our customers and provide help and support.”

Bill assistance programs available to qualified customers include:

  • Energy Support programs: Limited-income customers receive a bill discount each month – 25% for APS Energy Support and 35% for Energy Support with Medical.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Community Action Programs and other designated local providers offer federal programs to assist with energy bills.
  • APS Crisis Bill Assistance: Up to $800 annually is available to help qualified limited-income customers with their APS bills if they are experiencing unexpected financial hardship such as a high medical bill or loss of a job.
  • Project SHARE: The Salvation Army administers the Service to Help Arizonans with Relief on Energy program, which provides up to $300 annually in emergency energy bill assistance to those facing severe financial hardship.
  • Location-based support: Customers can connect to special COVID relief programs based on where they live through 211 Arizona.

To explore these available resources, customers can visit aps.com/support or contact the APS Customer Care Center. Advisors are available to assist in English and Spanish 24/7 at (602) 371-7171 or (800) 253-9405.

APS serves nearly 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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