Thibeault Energy Customers Offered Assistance

February 8, 2011

Augusta, Maine – Today Governor Paul LePage joined Representative Kerri Prescott and Senator Stan Gerzofsky, members from Maine State Housing Authority and Maine Credit Union League and others to respond to the closing of Thibeault Energy.

In mid-January the Governor’s Office learned Thibeault Energy, a company with an 84-year history in the Midcoast region was going out of business. The abrupt closure has forced many to look elsewhere for their fuel. With hundreds of calls from pre-paid customers to local lawmakers and the Attorney General’s Office, it is clear many may be scrambling to find the resources to heat their homes for the rest of the winter.

In the meantime, local fuel companies have gone to great lengths to service Thibeault customers and area assistance programs like “Warm Thy Neighbor” have been fielding calls and helping when they can.

The Governor’s primary concern is making sure anyone who prepaid for fuel has the resources they need to make it through the rest of the heating season. “The harder the winter, the tighter the budget gets. And this has been a tough winter,” said Governor LePage.

In an effort to assist those affected by the Thibeault closure two initiatives have been announced.

The first initiative involves a special screening for fuel assistance. The Maine State Housing Authority has scheduled a LIHEAP screening for former Thibeault Energy Customers this Saturday. The session will be from 10 am to 2 pm at the Curtis Memorial Library on Pleasant Street in Brunswick. “I would like to thank Dale McCormick and her staff for their assistance,” Governor LePage said.

Eligibility for LIHEAP is subject to federal income guidelines. A family of four earning up to $44,100 may qualify. Interested Thibeault Energy customers should call the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security at 287-8927 before Saturday to learn more.

Secondly, five area credits unions have agreed to offer 12-month, zero interest, no fee fuel-assistance loans of up to $2000 to customers directly impacted by the closure of Thibeault Energy. The Maine Credit Union League worked closely with the Office of the Governor to set up this program. “I hope there is very little need, but I am pleased to know that this loan assistance is being made available to get people through the winter,” said the Governor.