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Poverty Guidelines

Poverty guidelines are used by electric, gas, and water utilities to measure a customer’s eligibility for low-income programs and assistance. They are also used by utilities to determine the level of income that corresponds to the Wisconsin Administrative Code requirements for requesting deposits and negotiating deferred payment agreements with residential customers. Additionally, the guidelines may be used by electric and gas utilities to calculate the income condition provided in the Wisconsin Administrative Code related to requesting Commission approval of a cold weather disconnection plan.

More information on this topic can be found on the state of Wisconsin's Energy Services web site.

Number in Household      Deposit Income Guidelines Winter Shut-off Income Guidelines
100% of Poverty 150% of Poverty 200% of Poverty 250% of Poverty
1 $12,880 $19,320 $25,760 $32,200
2 $17,420 $26,130 $34,840 $43,550
3 $21,960 $32,940 $43,920 $54,900
4 $26,500 $39,750 $53,000 $66,250
5 $31,040 $46,560 $62,080 $77,600
6 $35,580 $53,370 $71,160 $88,950
7 $40,120 $60,180 $80,240 $100,300
8 $44,660 $66,990 $89,320 $111,650
  For each additional household member, add $4,540 per year For each additional household member, add $6,810 per year For each additional household member, add $9,080 per year For each additional household member, add $11,350 per year
       Income figures are based on information published in the Federal Register, Vol 86, No. 7732, p.7732-7734, 02/01/2021

Please Note: The Public Service Commission does not provide financial assistance to utility customers.