Summer Electric Assistance (SEA) Program

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What is the Summer Electric Assistance (SEA) Program?

  • SEA is a residential utility assistance program for income-qualified customers residing within Mesa’s Electric Service Area and receiving their electric service directly from the City (not SRP). SEA provides Mesa electric utility customers with limited short-term assistance for their electric bills during the summer months of July, August, and September. SRP customers are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • SEA eliminates Mesa’s monthly service charge and usage charge for the first 80 kilowatt hours. SEA participants can expect to save up to $14.85 on their July, August and September bills. Full participation could result in total savings of nearly $45. Actual savings are dependent upon submittal and approval dates as well as the total number of kWh consumed.

How do I qualify and apply?

You must live in the City of Mesa's Electric Service Area.
  •  Your Mesa utility bill account must be in your name.
  •  You must be a full-time permanent resident at the dwelling where service is supplied.
  •  Your annual household income cannot exceed $27,000 per year.
  •  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted no later than August 2, 2018    for the current year’s program.
  •  To receive the most possible benefits, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to May 31, 2018.
  • Complete and submit the SEA application form.
    • Include income verification by providing one of the following for all household members over the age of 18 (excluding students):
      • Paycheck stub(s) for one month's income,
      • Current bank statement demonstrating monthly income, or
      • Social Security Administration Statement of Income.
    • Completed form and supporting documentation can be emailed to energyresources.info@mesaaz.gov, or mailed to SEA Program, Energy Resources Department MS 5030, PO Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211-1466.

FAQs

Where do I get a copy of the Summer Electric Assistance (SEA) application?
The SEA application is available here. Or, you may contact Scott Clapp, SEA program administrator, at 480-644-6907 or email at scott.clapp@mesaaz.gov.

Where do I submit my completed application and required documentation?
Completed applications and accompanying documentation can be mailed to:
SEA Program
Energy Resources Department MS 5030
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466
or emailed to: energyresources.info@mesaaz.gov

How will I be notified regarding eligibility?

You will be notified by email or first-class letter regarding your eligibility status. The City’s determination of eligibility is final.

I did not provide all the information required in the application, will I still qualify?
No. Incomplete applications will not be considered until all supporting documentation has been received, and your income has been verified.

I turned in my application after the application deadline. Can I get a credit to my bill?
No. Retroactive assistance for late applicants is not available. If you missed the deadline for the current year, you will have to apply next year if the program is available.

What happens if I move after enrolling in the program?

 If you move out of Mesa’s Electric Service Area, your participation will be terminated and there’s nothing else you need to do. If your move allows you to stay within Mesa’s Electric Service Area, please notify the SEA program administrator, Scott Clapp, at 480-644-6907 so he can make sure the SEA rate remains effective on your account.

Will there be another Summer Electric Assistance program next summer?
There is no guarantee of continued eligibility or availability beyond the current budget year. Availability of the SEA program rate is contingent upon Council’s yearly approval of the utility rate structure that’s effective July 1.

I participated in last year’s SEA program. Is there anything I need to do so I can participate again?
Yes. You will need to reapply for the program so your income can be re-verified. You should receive a new application form in the mail that you will need to complete, sign, and send back to us with the requested income verification documentation.

I am not a City of Mesa electric customer. Can I still qualify for the program?
No. Mesa’s SEA Program is limited to Mesa residential electric customers only. If you are an SRP electric customer, contact SRP at (602) 236–8888. Outside the Phoenix area, call (800) 258–4777 for information about their low-income rate.

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