It also provides $ 350 billion to the State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which the administration says can be used to assist with energy costs.
The administration on Thursday called on states, localities and tribes to prepare early to distribute the funds and use emergency rental assistance to aid renters with their utility costs.
The White House also called on utility and energy providers to commit to “proactively use their resources” to help struggling families, which it said includes identifying eligible recipients, directly screen and notify potentially eligible recipients, expediting assistance to vulnerable households and committing to restore service or delay shut-offs to customers applying for financial hardship assistance.
Compared with last winter, households will spend 54% more for propane, 43% more for home heating oil, 30% more for natural gas and 6% more for electric heating, the US Energy Information Administration said in a new report last month.
US oil prices recently closed above $ 80 a barrel for the first time since 2014. Natural gas, the most common fuel used to heat homes, has surged to prices unseen since 2008.