Home Heating 

Members from Maine and other northeastern states have been pushing to add billions to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program this winter. Maine received $38,000,000 last year from the federal government, but would need twice that amount to deliver the same benefit this winter because of rising fuel prices.

House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a leader of the Heat and Energy Emergency Task Force that’s been meeting Wednesday in Augusta, says that if LIHEAP is seriously underfunded, the responsibility falls on the state. And action could come in December soon after the new Legislature is sworn in.