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Assistance Programs

Assistance Programs

Providing support to keep your power on

Everyone needs help from time to time. So whether you’re looking for a short-term solution for a gap in finances or for a long-term way to keep up with your utility bills, OPPD understands – and we have a range of programs to help.

Below is a list of plans and resources offered by OPPD to help with utility bills, along with information about how to access assistance. Some programs involve collaboration with other organizations. If you can’t find answers to your questions here, please call customer service at 1-877-536-4131.

OPPD Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

Get Help from the EAP

EAP funds can be accessed through community partner agencies. Here's how to apply:

  • Visit HardshipTools.org/AgencyFinder for a list of agencies in your area. (Dollar Energy Fund is an OPPD partner) 
  • Call the automated system at 1-888-650-9132 to find community partner agencies closest to you.
  • Contact OPPD customer service at 1-877-536-4131
  • Call 2-1-1 to apply for assistance over the phone

Help Others, Support the EAP

OPPD's Energy Assistance Program (EAP) was established in 1988 to help disadvantaged families pay energy-related expenses. Such expenses might include higher-than-normal summer cooling bills or emergency equipment repairs. The program operates year-round.

There are many ways you can help:

  • Make a monthly pledge or one-time donation online by completing the Energy Assistance Pledge form.
  • Call 402-536-4131 to donate by phone.
  • Make a pledge or donation on your OPPD bill statement by marking the appropriate box and adding the contribution to your payment.

See how the OPPD EAP helped Judy keep the lights on for her family.

 


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is a federal program that makes financial assistance available to low-income households with immediate energy needs. This program helps families afford the electricity needed to stay warm during the winter, cool in summer and keep the lights on year round.

How to apply for LIHEA

Go online to ACCESSNebraska at dhhs-access-neb-menu.ne.gov/start or call 402-595-1258 or 1-800-383-4278.


Smart Steps for Energy Savings

Smart Steps to Saving Energy is a multiphase program that provides you with information about managing electricity usage in your home with the goal of saving energy and money on utility bills.

The Income-Qualified Home Energy Efficiency Program is part of the Smart Steps program. It helps qualified households to become more energy efficient in order to reduce monthly energy use and costs. Anyone interested in this program will need to get qualified through with one of the partner agencies listed below.

Program Details

Eligible households will receive the following:

  • A home energy efficiency kit containing various helpful items
  • An in-home energy assessment in order to identify opportunities for additional energy efficiency upgrades within the home
  • The ability toqualify for up to $1000 in additional improvements by an OPPD contractor, based on the energy assessment

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the Income-Qualified Home Energy Efficiency Program, these guidelines must be met:

  • Applicant must have a total household income of less than 200% of the federal poverty level
  • Applicant must own a home in the OPPD service territory

How to Apply

The application process will be handled through partnering agencies throughout the service territory. A list of partnering agencies can be found below:

United Way of the Midlands - 
Service Area:  All Counties
2201 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Call - 211

Credit Advisors Foundation –
Service Area: Omaha Metro
1818 S 72nd St, Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 393-3100

Douglas County Housing Authority –
Service Area: Omaha Metro
5404 N 107th Plaza, Omaha, NE 68134
(402) 444-6203

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP) –
Service Area: Omaha Metro
2406 Fowler Ave, Omaha, NE 68111
(402) 453-5656

Family Housing Advisory Services –
Service Area: Omaha Metro
2401 Lake St, Omaha, NE 68111
(402) 934-7921

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha (HFHO) –
Service Area: Omaha Metro
1701 N 24th St, Omaha, NE 68110
(402) 457-5657

Project Houseworks –
Service Area: Elderly Homeowners in the Omaha Metro
2316 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68108
(402) 965-9201

Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn (COPE) –
Service Area: Elkhorn, Valley, Bennington, Waterloo, and Saunders County
333 S 204th St, Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 616-2330

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster & Saunders County (CAPLSC) -
Service Area: Saunders County
210 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 471-4515

Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (NENCAP)
Service Area: Burt, Washington, Dodge, and Colfax
603 Earl St, Pender, NE 68047
(402) 385-6300

Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (SENCAP) –
Service Area: Sarpy, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties
802 Fourth Street, Humboldt, NE 68376
(402) 862-2411

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Smart Steps for Energy Efficiency Program, please email smartsteps@oppd.com or call 531-226-3515


Bill Credit for Low-use, Low-income Customers

Spanish Translation

You may not realize that 30% of the average OPPD residential bill is fixed, meaning it doesn’t change with the amount of energy you use. You also may not know that for OPPD, 70% of costs are spent on infrastructure, equipment and other expenses that aren’t affected by the amount of energy being consumed.

After a series of rate increases since January 2016, the service charge for residential and small commercial customers is $30 and $33, respectively. There are no plans to increase these amounts at this time. OPPD’s service charge more accurately reflects customer and distribution costs – expenses incurred, no matter how much energy is used. See the Rate Restructuring FAQs for more information.

At OPPD, we understand this restructure will impact some low-use, low-income customers. To help with this transition, OPPD will offer credits to qualifying customers.


* Bill Credit Program will end Dec. 31, 2021.

Credits will be available to customers who are qualified by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and whose energy use is less than 600 kWh in a month.

If you are already LIHEAP-qualified, there is nothing more to do. Each full month your energy use falls below 600 kWh, you will automatically see a credit on your OPPD bill.

If you have not applied for LIHEAP, call 402-595-1258, outside Omaha 800-383-4278, or apply at Access Nebraska.

To find the application on Access Nebraska website:

  • Choose English or Spanish
  • Find Printable Forms under Other Useful Links
  • Choose the Application for Benefits form (EA-117)
  • Once qualified (usually within 30 days), LIHEAP will notify OPPD and you will receive a credit each month your energy use falls below 600 kWh.

Level Payment Plan

Get the convenience of knowing exactly how much your monthly electricity bill will be regardless of the weather by using the Level Payment Plan. You can enroll in this program if you are a customer with an OPPD account that is current and up-to-date with payments.

Program Details

Here’s how the OPPD Level Payment Plan works:

  • OPPD projects your monthly energy use based on the last 12 months of usage at the service location you occupy.
  • Using this projected usage, your monthly level payment is calculated (including tax). Example: If you spent $840 for electric service over the last 12 months, OPPD would calculate your level payment by dividing $840 by 12 to get $70. Your monthly level payment would be $70.
  • Generally, your monthly level payment will be set for 120 days. After this period, your monthly level payment amount will be re-evaluated and adjusted accordingly.
  • You will automatically be retained in the Level Payment Plan unless you notify OPPD otherwise.

How to sign up for the Level Payment Program

If you are interested in this program, please call 402-536-4131 or toll-free 1-877-536-4131.



Support your neighbors in need.
Give to the Energy Assistance Program.

The OPPD Energy Assistance Program (EAP) was established to help customers pay energy-related expenses when money is tight. Throughout the OPPD community, people are experiencing a gap in income and are desperate for assistance to help cover the cost of utility bills. You can make a different by contributing to the EAP.


How can I help?

There are various ways to donate to our program. Donate now or see additional options below. 

  • Make a monthly pledge or a one-time donation in the amount of your choice by completing the Energy Assistance Pledge form
  • Call customer service at 402-536-4131 to donate by phone
  • Make a pledge or donation on your OPPD bill statement by marking the appropriate box and adding the contribution to your payment

Thank you! Your support of the EAP is greatly appreciated.