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About PassPIPP

  • Rhode Island utility rates are already among the top five highest states in the entire country. 

  • This October, a 47% increase in  electricity bills proposed by Rhode Island Energy was approved for the coming winter.

  • With climate change, our dependence on global fossil fuels, plus inflation, shifting to renewable energy sources is extra urgent. PIPP would allow us to make a just transition during our shift towards green energy. 

  • In order to assure that our transition to renewables doesn't increase burdens on people of color and low-income households who already pay more than their share, we need to implement a Percentage Income Payment Plan in Rhode Island as soon as possible.

  • We need to ensure low-wealth families and individuals in Rhode Island don't experience the grave consequences of unfair utility shut-offs. 

  • The additional energy costs of quarantining, studying and/or working from home during the pandemic have disproportionately put low-income families in more debt. 

  •  Utility justice is a  racial justice issue, according to a report by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. Black families are twice as likely to face economic energy insecurity.

Our Goals

Spread empathy
through education

Increase donations to help the people in need 

Get legislation passed

Success Stories



Ohio’s PIPP program has been in place since 1983, and is one of the most expansive in the country. Participating households pay six percent of their monthly income OR $10 per month -whichever is greater- for electric and gas utilities.



Pennsylvania requires utility companies to provide low income rate assistance, but each utility is allowed to design its own program.



Colorado’s PIPP was established in 2012, and allows for variation between different energy providers; different companies measure poverty level and percent of payment distinctly.



New Jersey’s PIPP plan has been in effect since 2003, and establishes that participants won’t be required to pay more than six percent of their annual income towards utilities. Households whose income is less than or equal to 175 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible.

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