Beginning in October of 2000, all electric providers in Wisconsin were required under Reliability 2000 legislation to collect monthly fees aimed at improving energy conservation and efficiency and fostering low-income programs for Wisconsin residents.
For Riverland Energy Cooperative the fee is $1.50 per month from each account, designated as "non-taxable facility charge" line item on your bill. Half of the money collected is to be used for energy conservation programs and the other half to fund low-income energy assistance and weatherization programs.
Riverland Energy's Commitment to Community Program is designed to help households with their energy costs, including electric bills. Members may be eligible for assistance if they meet the WHEAP guidelines listed below. Members should contact their local Human Services Department to determine eligibility:
Trempealeau County Social Services 715-538-2311
Western Dairyland E.O.C 715-985-2391
La Crosse County:
La Crosse County Human Services 608-785-5582
Salvation Army 608-782-6126
Buffalo County Human Services 608-685-4412
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
WHEAP is a federal program designed to help households with their energy costs. Visit their website for guidelines: WHEAP