Electric, gas and water utility companies in New Jersey will resume shut off of service in January 2022 for customers with unpaid overdue balances. However, the NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) is trying to get the word out about their utility assistance programs to families behind on their utility bills now, so residents have time to apply for help and bring down their balances before January.
Below are the State’s energy assistance brochure, and the NJ BPU’s fall flyer (in English and Spanish).
The income limits for these utility assistance programs have been temporarily raised as of October 1, 2021 so more families can access assistance they need. For example, a household of four with income at or below $106,000 per year can qualify for monthly credits and energy debt forgiveness through the Universal Service Fund (USF) program. Please read these documents for more details.