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Energy Emergency Deferred Billing Program

South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association’s (SLECA) Energy Emergency Deferred Billing Program provides eligible customers with a mechanism to defer utility payments in the event the Louisiana Public Service Commission should declare an "Energy Emergency."

To qualify for the program, a residential customer or government entity must meet certain requirements and be pre-qualified and pre-enrolled prior to any LPSC declared energy emergency.

Eligible customers include any one of the following:

  •  Those persons whose income does not exceed 150% of the poverty level as established by the Federal Government and who are 65 years of age or older.
  • Those persons who receive either one of the following: (1) Food stamps; (2) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • Those persons whose sole income consists of Social Security payments.
  • As determined by the Commission or other vital government entities that provide services, the absence of which could result in imminent peril to the public health, safety, and welfare.
  • Those persons who need life-sustaining, electrically operated equipment, or life-sustaining medical treatment that requires electricity in order to live.

For additional information contact SLECA’s Member Services Department at
P. O. Box 4037, Houma, LA 70361 or call 985-876-6880.

On August 14, 2008 the Louisiana Public Service Commission declared an energy emergency. Louisiana’s electric cooperatives, including SLECA, was exempted from the declaration because of the cooperatives’ low rates compared to the investor-owned utilities.