Subseries 8.4
Energy assistance files, 1979-1992
Boxes 55-61

Scope and Content Note

The energy assistance files consist of materials concerning Frances Pauley's efforts on behalf of Georgians who were unable to afford their utilities. The files, dating from 1979 to 1992, include correspondence, meeting minutes, court documents, reports, and mailings relating to the Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT), Energy Assistance Program Task Force, and a case involving gasoline overcharge funds.

In working with low income clients, Pauley found that Georgia Poverty Rights Organization (GPRO) was handling many calls for help with utility bills. In 1981, she appealed to various groups and agencies for assistance but was unable to propose a plan that was satisfactory to all concerned. In December 1982, the Atlanta Gas Light Company presented an idea to Pauley by which they would establish an emergency fuel fund. The plan, which would become known as HEAT, would call for the utility's customers to voluntarily contribute money with their gas bills to an emergency fuel fund. Atlanta Gas Light would make an initial contribution of $50,000 and then contribute up to $4000 a month by matching $1.00 with each $5.00 from customers. The fund would not only provide financial aid to those not previously assisted by the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) but it would also provide emergency heating assistance to needy households experiencing specific emergencies relating to home heating energy. In February 1983, the program met with the approval of the Georgia Department of Human Resources and was established under the administration of DFCS offices in every county on a year round basis. Frances Pauley served as chairperson for the HEAT advisory committee.

In conjunction with promoting HEAT, Pauley served on an Energy Assistance Program Task Force committee from 1983-1991. This advisory committee was formed by Department of Family and Childhood Services to aid in the implementation of LIHEAP, particularly in regards to coordinating the program among the various governmental agencies.

From 1983-1986, GPRO and various other community service organizations across the country were successfully represented by the National Consumer Law Center in efforts to secure gasoline overcharge funds for low-income consumers. This litigation had arisen over allegations brought by the Department of Energy that the oil companies had violated pricing regulations which were in effect from 1973-1981.

Heating Energy Assistance Team
Box Folder Content
55 1 Background 1981-1983, narrative, 7 November 1986
55 2 Bylaws, 24 January 1983
55 3 "Concept Paper on Operations of HEAT," 7 January 1983
55 4 Resolution, House of Representatives, 17 February 1983
55 5 Financial records, receipts, 1984
55 6 Committee memberships, 1986-1987, 1991-1992
55 7 Publicity statements, 1983, 1984, 1991, and no date
55 8 Press releases, 1983, 1984, and no date
55 9 Mailings, 1983-1985, and no date
55 10 Printed material, 1983, and no date
55 11 Power meeting, 10 September 1981: Agenda and minutes
55 12 Atlanta Gas Light Company Consumer Roundtable meeting: Agenda, 22 September 1981
55 13 Alliance for Human Services Planning Project Study, Rent Mortgage and Utilities Subcommittee, 1983
Energy Assistance Program Task Force
55 14 Correspondence, minutes, reports, 1983-1984
55 15 Correspondence, minutes, reports, 1986
55 16 Correspondence, minutes, reports, 1987-1988
55 17 Correspondence, minutes, reports, 1989-1990
55 18 Correspondence, minutes, reports, 1991, and no date
56 1 Correspondence, 1979
56 2 Correspondence, 1980
56 3 Correspondence, 1981
56 4 Correspondence, 1982
56 5 Correspondence, 1983 January-June
56 6 Correspondence, 1983 July-September
56 7 Correspondence, 1983 October-December
56 8 Correspondence, 1984 January-March
56 9 Correspondence, 1984 April-June
56 10 Correspondence, 1984 July-December
57 1 Correspondence, 1985 January-June
57 2 Correspondence, 1985 July-September
57 3 Correspondence, 1985 October-December
57 4 Correspondence, 1986 January-March
57 5 Correspondence, 1986 April-June
57 6 Correspondence, 1986 July-December
57 7 Correspondence, 1987
57 8 Correspondence, 1988-1992, and no date
58 1 Conferences, 1980, 1982, 1986
William James Raines family, utility assistance case
58 2 Correspondence, 1981 January-April
58 3 Contributions, 1981 January-February
58 4 Clippings and notes, 1981 January
58 5 Other cases
Utility hearings
58 6 Utility rate policies, 1979, 1980
58 7 GPRO v. Atlanta Gas Light Company, 1983, 1984
58 8 GPRO v. Georgia Power Company, 1979-1984, no date
58 9 GPRO v. Southern Bell, 1982-1985
58 10 Frances Pauley testimonies, no date
Oil overcharge hearings
58 11 Exxon, court documents, May-June 1986
58 12 Stripper Well, court documents, May 1986
58 13 Stripper Well, "Plan for expenditure of funds,"December 1986
58 14 Distribution of oil overcharge funds, reports: 1982-1984
58 15 Distribution of oil overcharge funds, reports: 1985
58 16 Distribution of oil overcharge funds, reports: 1986-1987, no date
58 17 Public hearings: Notices and F. Pauley testimonies, 1985-1988, 1991
Reports
59 1 "A look at electric rate regulation in Ga.," April 1981
59 2 "Energy and the poor," 26 August 1981
59 3 LIHEAP and state energy assistance efforts, 1983, 1984
59 4 "Low income energy assistance: program resources and requirements for the future, April 1984
59 5 "Energy costs and the poor: the federal program response and the challenge to the states," 28 November 1984
59 6 Guaranteed utility service plan, 1985-1986
59 7 "In partnership with Georgia: a blueprint for addressing the energy needs of low and fixed income Georgians, 24 October 1986
59 8 Disconnection of utility service, 1979, 1988
59 9 State by state look of impact of residential energy costs on the poor, [1989?]
60 1 Atlanta Gas Light Co.: Collected material, 1980-1989, no date
60 2 Georgia Power Co.: Collected material, 1980-1987, no date
60 3 Budget request (DFCS), emergency heating assistance, 8 July 1985
60 4 Statistical information, 1982-1991, no date
60 5 Directory of community action agencies, 6 August 1986
60 6 Directory of human services (Ga.), no date
60 7 Law: Energy assistance bill, SB 29, 1981
60 8 Law: Energy assistance, printed material, 1983,
60 9 Law: Universal telephone service preservation act, 1984
60 10 Sample energy assistance programs, 1980-1982, no date
60 11 Notes
60 12 Newsletters: NCLC Energy Updates, 1983-1986
60 13 Newsletters: NCLC Energy Updates, 1987-1991
60 14 Newsletters: OER Energy Updates, 1986, 1987
60 15 Press releases: "News from Joe Frank Harris," 1983-1986
60 16 Press releases: General, 1982-1984, 1987
60 17 Fliers, 1986, 1990, and no date
60 18 GPRO mailings, 1981-1986, and no date
60 19 Clippings, 1979
60 20 Clippings, 1981
60 21 Clippings, 1983
60 22 Clippings, 1984
60 23 Clippings, 1984: Energy grant and Capitol renovation
60 24 Clippings, 1985
60 25 Clippings, 1986, no date
60 26 Clippings, 1987, 1990, and no date
60 27 Energy assistance: Printed material, 1981-1986, no date
61 1 Dept. of Human Resources, Funds Available Status Reports: 1983
61 2 Dept. of Human Resources, Funds Available Status Reports: 1984
61 3 Dept. of Human Resources, Funds Available Status Reports: 1985
61 4 Dept. of Human Resources, Funds Available Status Reports: 1986
61 5 Dept. of Human Resources, Funds Available Status Reports: 1990
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