Increased funding allows Duke Energy Indiana customers in need to receive more funds over the next five years to help with energy bills.
The company is contributing $700,000 annually over the next five years for low-income energy assistance as part of Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant regulatory settlement.
In addition, employees and Indiana customers have contributed an additional $100,000 in assistance, raising this year’s total to $800,000.
“There’s always a demand for energy assistance, but it’s especially needed as our economy recovers,” said Doug Esamann, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “Over the past decade, our Helping Hand program has provided more than $4 million in assistance to customers in need. This year’s funding triples the amount each customer can receive.”
If the local Energy Assistance Program approves eligibility, customers can receive up to $300 toward their bill, up from $100 in past years.
The company is also expanding the program for at least the next five years to include any customer eligible based on income guidelines. In past years, only low-income customers at least 60 years old or disabled were eligible.
If funds are still available by summer, they can also be used for summer cooling bills.
For more information about Duke Energy’s programs in Indiana visit www.duke-energy.com/