In order to sign up for or receive a public utility, you will need to follow the utility company's application process. The utility company may require 2 forms of ID. One form of ID must be a government issued photo ID. You choose the second form from a list of options that includes Social Security Number, birth certificate, and banking information. The utility may not require a specific form of ID.
If the utility accepted your application by telephone from someone else without your approval, the utility cannot bill you if you deny asking for the service. However, if you live and receive mail at the service/billing address, you must contact the utility within 6 months of service, and tell the company you did not apply for service and do not want service in your name. Otherwise, it will be presumed that you agreed to the service.
The Low Income Home Energy Assitance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income households pay for utilities. Click on the link to learn more about the program and find out if you qualify.