COLLINSVILLE – Ameren Illinois collaborated with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to provide $12 million to help income-qualified customers pay their energy bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Supplemental Benefit program.

The LIHEAP Summer Supplemental Benefit Program provides additional relief to aid LIHEAP customers impacted by higher power supply prices. Inflation and supply constraints have led to an energy shortage and the resulting supply cost increases have caused monthly bill amounts to increase significantly over last year. Ameren Illinois does not profit from energy supply; power is purchased by an Illinois state agency and the costs are passed directly to customers, dollar-for-dollar.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

Households who received a benefit through the state-administered LIHEAP program between Sept. 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, and whose original LIHEAP benefit account is still active with Ameren Illinois during the month of July, received a credit on their account of up to $200. With this collaboration, LIHEAP Summer Supplemental benefits were provided to more than 66,000 Ameren Illinois customers.

"The combination of higher electricity supply prices and hotter temperatures are making it a challenging summer for our customers, particularly those on fixed incomes," said Joe Solari, Vice President, Customer Experience, Ameren Illinois. "We were glad to partner with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and our state LIHEAP agencies to help support our customers in need."

Article continues after sponsor message

A new round of assistance through LIHEAP will begin on Sept. 1. To apply, find your local agency at Ameren Illinois reminds its customers that special terms are available for establishing a repayment plan through July 31.

Customers can explore all energy assistance and bill payment options, as well as money-saving resources at

About Ameren Illinois

Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers throughout central and southern Illinois. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles and our mission is to power the quality of life. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.

More like this:

Nov 19, 2022 | Ameren Illinois Launches Energy Care Plan to Help Customers Manage Winter Heating Bills    

Jun 9, 2020 | MCCD Urges Utility Customers Impacted By COVID-19 To Apply For Bill Payment Assistance 

Mar 15, 2022 | Financial Help is Available for Customers Experiencing Difficulty Paying Their Utility Bill LIHEAP Enrollment Open Through May 31

Jul 28, 2020 | Ameren Illinois Providing $8 Million In Bill Payment Assistance For Qualified Customers With 'Fresh Start' Program

Aug 24, 2017 | State announces October 1 start for low income home energy assistance program enrollment