Harris to speak in Boston on assistance to help cut energy costs this winter

Vice President Kamala Harris. (Carolyn Kaster, AP)

BOSTON (WLNE) — Vice President Kamala Harris will speak on Wednesday about the Biden administration’s plan to help lower energy costs for households this winter.

Harris is expected to make the announcement while visiting a union hall and training facility in Boston.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing $4.5 billion in assistance to help cut heating costs for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to the White House.

“In addition to covering home heating costs this winter and unpaid utility bills, the program will help families make cost-effective home energy repairs to lower their heating and cooling bills,” the White House said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Energy will also allocate $9 billion in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to support up to 1.6 million households nationwide in upgrading their homes to decrease energy bills.

According to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, energy costs are expected to be the highest this winter in more than a decade, amid soaring inflation rates.

In September, U.S. consumer prices increased to a 40-year high 6.6% in September.

While in Massachusetts, Harris will speak at an event for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maura Healey, lieutenant governor nominee Kim Driscoll, and attorney general nominee Andrea Campbell.

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