Nearly 130,000 Oklahomans are expected to receive help in paying their energy bills this year, up 9 percent from last year, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association.
The group expects 129,558 Oklahomans to receive LIHEAP aid this year. That’s up from 117,780 last year and 83,503 in fiscal 2008.
Still, that increase is small compared to some other states. Ten states will have increases this year of 25 percent or above. Mississippi’s need is up 68 percent. Washington state’s is up by 42 percent. Another seven states will have increases between 20 percent and 24 percent.
Overall, the group expects 8.8 million people to get energy bill help this year, up from 7.7 million last year. LIHEAP aid is mostly provided by the federal government, though some states also contribute.