Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program

The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is a federally-funded utility assistance program. CEAP is designed to assist low-income households in meeting their immediate energy needs and to encourage consumers to control energy costs for years to come through energy education. Through this initiative, GCCAC assists families having incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines by reducing their heating and cooling costs and addressing health and safety issues in their homes through energy-efficiency measures. To apply, call GCCAC for an appointment.

Wharton Coop Energy Cooperative

Customers residing in Wharton county who obtain energy from WCEC are eligible to receive help with one month’s electricity bill per calendar year. To be eligible for assistance, electricity services must be in the applicant’s name and certain income criteria must be met.

Neighbor to Neighbor Program

With the Neighbor to Neighbor Program, GCCAC offers bill payment assistances through the following energy companies:

  • Direct Energy
  • Central Power and Light (CPL)
  • First Choice Power

Customers help fund bill payment assistance by selecting the “bill assistance” option when paying their bills and entering the amount they would like to contribute. Only customers of Direct Energy, CPL and First Choice Power can qualify for the utility assistance program. In addition, applicants must:

  • Reside at the service address;
  • Be financially responsible for monthly electricity expenses at the residence;
  • Have electricity bill in applicant’s name; and
  • Meet income eligibility criteria