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Wyoming Legislative Committee Votes to Cut Supplemental State Funds for LIHEAP and WAP

February 12, 2016—Mineral extraction remains the main driver behind Wyoming’s economy and state revenue, but some sectors of the energy industry are starting to struggle.  These downturns have led to some proposed cuts in state funding for various social service programs, including LIHEAP and WAP.  State Senator Tony Ross and other members of the Joint Appropriations Committee lamented the need for such cuts, but stated that “the reality is everyone needs to chip in a little.”  

Indiana LIHEAP to Receive Settlement Funds from Duke Energy

February 9, 2016—Four consumers groups have dropped objections and joined a settlement with Duke Energy over the company’s 618 megawatt coal gasification plant in Edwardsport, IN. Citizens Action Coalition  (CAC), the Sierra Club, Save the Valley and Valley Watch have, until recently, been actively involved in objecting to Duke Energy raising ratepayers’ monthly rates in order to pay for the cost overruns for the new plant.

Outreach: Energy Assistance Expo Held in Baltimore

January 15, 2016—Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) teamed up once again with Maryland's Office of Home Energy Assistance Program (the state's LIHEAP grantee), the city of Baltimore, and the Fuel Fund of Maryland to hold another Energy Assistance Expo in West Baltimore at the Southern Baptist Church this past week. Other sponsors for this event included state Senator Nathaniel McFadden and other legislators from the area.

Operation Fuel Releases Energy Affordability Report

December 17, 2015—Operation Fuel released a report this Wednesday documenting the home energy affordability gap in Connecticut. It found that more than 313,000 low-income households can't afford their energy bills, and that there is a lack of resources to address the situation. The affordability gap for these households, those who have incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, is over $471 million, down from last year's $780 million.

Fuel Funds Celebrate Previous Assistance Numbers, Look to Current Heating Season

December 11, 2015—Fuel funds across the U.S. are firing up their programs as the mercury drops this season. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF) in Massachusetts recently announced that its “Give the Gift of Warmth” campaign generated just under $600,000 in contributions for the 2014-2015 year. Donations to the campaign come as a result of a cooperative effort between energy companies in the state and their customers through various matching and giving programs throughout the winter heating season.

Exelon-Pepco Merger Once Again Being Considered by DC Public Service Commission

December 4, 2015—This past August the District of Columbia's Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously against the merger of Pepco Holdings with the Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. The PSC was the last hurdle for the $6.8 billion merger, which had already been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the states of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. However, the merger of the two companies is not dead yet, as the PSC is considering a revised merger agreement.


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