OPPD has closely watched how the coronavirus has impacted the communities it serves.
Since early spring, the utility responded by offering solutions for customers facing financial hardship during this time, including suspending disconnections for non-payment. Now, as society begins to adapt to its new normal, OPPD will adjust these options and continue to help customers in need.
As of July 1, OPPD is resuming the assessment of late payment charges and disconnection for non-payment. However, depending on a customer’s specific circumstances, late payment fees could be waived for up to three months within a 12-month period.
In March, OPPD announced it would suspend disconnections for non-payment. In April, the utility’s board approved suspending the assessment of late payment charges. As the situation has evolved, so is OPPD’s approach to helping customers.
During the past several months, OPPD has offered a series of Customer First Solutions designed to help customers currently facing challenges and hardships related to the pandemic.
Customers who need help may reach out by calling 402-536-4131 in the Omaha calling area, or 877-536-4131 outside Omaha. OPPD wants to work with customers to setup workable payment plans and help connect them to community resources for assistance.
Financial help is available through local organizations as well as state agencies. The utility would like to remind customers that making a partial payment will help them avoid accumulating a large balance that may be harder to pay off later.
Customers who are unable to pay their utility bills may qualify for Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) federal grant funding. Customers can receive up to $500 in crisis assistance. Customers can also visit OPPD’s Energy Assistance Program website or Dollar Energy Fund’s Agency Finder to contact groups offering assistance.
OPPD strongly encourages customers who feel overwhelmed by utility debt to reach out for crisis assistance. The utility will waive collection and reconnection fees on the first field visit. OPPD will still honor its standard moratorium on disconnections during holidays and during extreme heat or cold.
OPPD is offering the following additional support measures to customers:
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