2017 Poverty Level Guidelines

These 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.

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      Deposit Income Guidelines Winter Shut-off Income Guidelines
Occupants 100% of Poverty 150% of Poverty 200% of Poverty 250% of Poverty
1
$12,060
$18,090
$24,120
$30,150
2
$16,240
$24,360
$32,480
$40,600
3
$20,420
$30,630
$40,840
$51,050
4
$24,600
$36,900
$49,200
$61,500
5
$28,780
$43,170
$57,560
$71,950
6
$32,960
$49,440
$65,920
$82,400
7
$37,140
$55,710
$74,280
$92,850
8
$41,320
$61,980
$82,640
$103,300
 For each additional household member, add $4,180 per yearFor each additional household member, add $6,270 per yearFor each additional household member, add $8,360 per yearFor each additional household member, add $10,450 per year
  Income figures are based on information published in the Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 19 ,p.8831-8832, January 31, 2017.


Many answers to questions regarding this topic can also be found on the state of Wisconsin's Energy Services web site.

Please note: The Public Service Commission does not provide financial assistance to utility customers. If you are looking for assistance, please see the Financial Assistance tab.