ENERGY ASSISTANCE

  1. State of Montana COVID-19 Residential Electric Service Disconnect Moratorium
    Delinquent Account Holder Request to Negotiate a BEC Residential Electric Service Deferred Payment Agreement
  2. BEC Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance
  3. Operation Round Up 
  4. BEC Home Energy Assistance
  5. BEC Pay Arrangement
  6. Montana & Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Programs (LIEAP)
  7. **NEW** Montana & Wyoming Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

1. State of Montana COVID-19 Residential Electric Service Disconnect Moratorium
Delinquent Account Holder Request to Negotiate a BEC Residential Electric Service Deferred Payment Agreement

BEC is committed to helping members during the State of Montana COVID-19 re-opening process. In addition to other significant efforts, BEC temporarily suspended disconnects to members and the collection and assignment of late fees and delinquent charges on all accounts beginning in March. In line with Governor Bullock’s State of Montana’s re-opening schedule, effective June 1, 2020, Montana Electric Cooperatives, including Beartooth Electric, the moratorium on disconnects, is lifted.

If you are a Montana Residential Electric Service Member and are eligible for COFID-19 related assistance, you may be eligible to negotiate a BEC Residential Electric Service Deferred Payment Agreement. The program details and application are below:

COVID-19 Montana Residential Cooperative Utility Disconnection Moratorium and Deferred Payment Agreement

2. BEC Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Please submit our online form and attach the required document. If you prefer a hard copy for mail application, download the BEC Cares Covid 19 Emergency Assistance Application (PDF) here. Thank you!

 

3. Operation Round Up

At times a little help is all that may be needed. Operation Round Up is here to help.

Keeping up with your monthly bills is never easy, especially for families juggling debt payments, household bills, and the day-to-day costs of raising a family. Even if you have a budget and stick to it, you may still be left panicking when an unforeseen bill or expense pops up to threaten your delicate financial balance.

If you’re looking for help paying your electric bill, please download, complete, and mail the Beartooth Electric Operation Round Up Application 2020 (PDF). If you prefer to have an application mailed, call the office at 406-446-2310.

4. BEC HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

Blue scarf wrapped protectively around houseEligibility Criteria

  • A residential member of Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BEC) (primary residence only)
  • A recipient of benefits under a state or federal assistance program (check all that apply below)

Home Energy Assistance Application

  • * Please provide proof of benefits, for example a copy of the certifying agency’s acceptance letter.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, rtf, txt, odt, pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, png, csv, xls, xlsx.

Don’t hesitate-eligible members submit your completed application today!

Please submit our electronic form and attach the required document. If you prefer a hard copy for mail application, download the Home Energy Assistance Program Application (PDF). Thank you!

5. BEC PAY ARRANGEMENT

Set up a payment arrangement by calling the BEC office at 406-446-2310. Setup payments you can handle to get to zero balance.

6. MONTANA & WYOMING LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Federal programs are available in both Montana and Wyoming. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides cash grants for home heating bills and emergencies. The weatherization program offer free weatherization measures to help you reduce your electricity. Contact your state’s program for more information.

MONTANA
7 N. 31st Street
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-247-4710, 800-433-1411
Fax: 406-248-2943
Website: https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/energyassistance

WYOMING
1401 Airport Parkway,
Suite 300
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 800-246-4221
Website: https://www.lieapwyo.org/

7. Montana & Wyoming Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Eligibility
An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at
least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
1. Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in
household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a
financial hardship due to COVID-19;
2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing
instability; and
3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area
median.
Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be
duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided
to such household.

Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent
of the area median are to be prioritized for assistance.

Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for the calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application. For household
incomes determined using the latter method, income eligibility must be redetermined every 3 months.

Please contact your state program for more information:

MONTANA
Emergency Renter Assistance Program
Billings-District 7
HRDC
3124 1st Ave. North, Billings
406-206-2717

WYOMING
Emergency Renter Assistance Program
Phone: 307-777-7564
Toll Free: 800-457-3659
Email: dfs-directorsoffice@wyo.gov