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Duke Energy Finalizes Purchase of Piedmont Gas, Low-Income Assistance Promised

October 7, 2016—Duke Energy finalized its planned acquisition of Piedmont Gas this week after announcing its plans to purchase the gas company for $4.9 billion last October. Approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission was the final step after the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and Piedmont's shareholders had previously voted to support the merger.

Outward Bound Students Help Spread Word About Energy Assistance Programs

September 30, 2016—When it comes to customer outreach, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) takes a somewhat different approach. Each year, PWP offers positions to students from Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) to perform door-to-door outreach for PWP and SoCal Gas in the Pasadena area. The students, after some training and with the help of an assigned mentor, inform residents about water conservation and energy savings programs that may be available to them and answer any questions those residents may have.

HHS Announces Final Funding Release for FY 2016

September 16, 2016—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the final $14.4 million of funding available to LIHEAPs. This final round of funding is available to all LIHEAP grantees with complete plans for federal Fiscal Year 2016. The third release, in addition to the first release of $3.017 billion in October 2015 and $335.5 million on April 1, 2016, brings the total LIHEAP funding to just under $3.37 billion in FFY 2016 for all state, territory, and Native American /tribal organization grantees.

Dominion Virginia Power Continues to Expand EnergyShare

September 9, 2016—One year ago this month, Dominion Virginia Power expanded its EnergyShare program and pledged to invest $57 million between 2015 and 2019 to help fund and expand it. At that time, Dominion stated that its goal was to provide financial assistance to at least 10,000 homes per year, as well as provide weatherization services and outreach to between 2,600 and 5,300 homes per year.

Exelon-Pepco Merger Challenged in Court

August 26, 2016—The Exelon-Pepco merger is still facing opposition in Washington D.C. The District’s Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the merger in March but was asked to reconsider it by the D.C. Office of People’s Counsel (OPC) and Office of Attorney General (OAG). The request was denied in June, and the two agencies recently announced they are taking the PSC to court to try and have the merger overturned.

Online Applications Only Option Due to Oklahoma Budget Cuts

August 5, 2016—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is facing a $45 million budget reduction in FY 2017, which will mean changes to how LIHEAP is operated in the state.

This recently-announced reduction comes on the heels of DHS cutting its staff by 900 employees earlier this year because of a $79 million cut to DHS’ initial 2016 budget. The additional $45 million in FY 2017 is to help address a projected $100 million shortfall in the department’s budget. DHS plans to reduce:

NEUAC Selects New ED, Moves Operations to DC Area

July 15, 2016—Big changes are happening at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) this year. The NEUAC board of directors announced this week that they had chosen Katrina Metzler as the organization’s new Executive Director. In addition to this news, NEUAC has also announced that it has moved the main office for the organization from Denver to Arlington, Virginia.


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