Public Utilities Commission
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CONTACT: Phillip Lindley, 207.287.1598, email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2005
For Low Income Households
“This could be a difficult winter and we are sensitive to the low-income customers who have to make difficult choices everyday,” said Kurt Adams, PUC Chair. “This benefit should help ease the burden, and the costs will be spread among all of Northern’s customers at a time when we hope we will no longer be suffering the effects of the recent hurricanes and natural gas prices will be lower,” he added.
The benefit will be available to all those who qualify for LIHEAP or for the Voluntary Fuel Fund recently initiated by the Governor. The Commission estimates that the total seasonal credit amount for an average low-income residential heating customer will be approximately $231. The costs of the program will be borne by all of the utility’s customers and will probably be recovered in next winter’s natural gas rates.
eligible customers are those with incomes up to 60% of
On Thursday, November 3, 2005, the Commission approved a special $25 weatherization rebate program for Northern's residential heating customers to assist them in reducing their heating costs. Residential heating customers may submit receipts and UPC codes from materials purchased for self-installation to Northern for reimbursement up to $25. This program is in addition to the other gas conservation programs approved this fall under which Northern will provide rebates for programmable thermostats, efficient gas furnaces and commercial equipment, insulated windows, and efficient gas water heaters. For more information call Northern Utilities at 1-800-677-5052 or go on line at http://www.northernutilities.com.
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