Printer Friendly

PENN POWER ASKS PUBLIC WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO KEEP LOW-INCOME CUSTOMERS ELIGIBLE FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

 NEW CASTLE, Pa., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- During a public hearing in Pittsburgh today before the Department of Public Welfare, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Power Company asked the agency to reverse proposed changes that would deny emergency energy assistance to a major portion of the state's low-income customers.
 The proposed changes affect the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Fund (LIHEAP), which provides federal grants administered by the state to help pay winter heating bills.
 In testimony, Mary Christine Prieto, supervisor of customer service, explained: "The most ominous change proposed by the state Department of Public Welfare is that to be eligible for crisis funding, the customer's electric or natural gas service must be terminated." Prieto outlined a number of efforts in conjunction with the Public Utility Commission to help ensure continued electric service.
 The ultimate effect is to deny the customers of regulated utilities and their families access to these emergency winter heating funds; instead, the grants would be limited to people served by nonregulated energy suppliers.
 "During the 1992-1993 LIHEAP crisis program, 2,834 of our customers received payments totaling $737,236," said Prieto in her statement. "However, if the proposed changes were in effect, these low-income customers would not have received this emergency assistance to help avoid the possibility of termination of service."
 Prieto added: "We recognize that the state Department of Public Welfare is attempting to deal with its own crisis -- a critical drop in the amount of available funds. But we believe that denying low-income families equal opportunity to these emergency funds, combined with the brevity of the LIHEAP program year, will exclude many of the most needy families."
 Penn Power serves nearly 138,000 customers in western Pennsylvania, including all of Lawrence and Mercer counties and portions of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Crawford counties.
 -0- 8/17/93
 /CONTACT: Gary Brown of Penn Power, 412-656-5391/


CO: Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Penn Power Company;
 Public Utility Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI OIL SU:


KC-CD -- PG004 -- 3610 08/17/93 13:59 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Aug 17, 1993
Words:336
Previous Article:NECHLEBA NAMED SENIOR VP, NIELSEN SOFTWARE & SYSTEMS
Next Article:ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS AWARDED NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters