Increased federal energy aid available as winter weather arrives in Massachusetts

A snow plow made its way up Beacon Street in Newton on Friday.SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

WASHINGTON—With a colder winter forecast and energy prices higher compared to last year, unpaid utility bills couldpile up in New England like the snow outside. So the Biden administration and members of Congress from the region on Friday alerted low-income households to a major boost in federal money to help them keep the heat on.

The American Rescue Plan enacted in March more than doubled the funding forthe Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programto $8 billion this fiscal year. The allotmentforMassachusetts residents jumped to $307.5 million, the mostin the program’s 40-year history.