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Maryland Area Utilities and Social Services Agencies Will Provide Energy Assistance and Social Services Help

Friday, January 11, 2008

Maryland utility customers will be able to receive energy-related information at Energy Assistance and Community Awareness Fairs this month. Representatives from Delmarva Power, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Chesapeake Utilities, Delmarva Community Services, Shore Up and Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs will provide information on utility bill payment assistance programs, fuel and weatherization assistance, and sources of help with housing and supportive family services.

“We will provide educational workshops on various topics such as how to save energy, electrical safety and income tax preparation,” said Michael Hoy, customer and community relations manager, Delmarva Power. “We will also be giving out free, energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and offering attendees the opportunity to win a weatherization kit as well as other prizes.”

Applications for fuel and weatherization assistance and other services may be taken at each fair, so customers should bring pertinent information such as a social security card, copies of utility bills, income documentation, and a copy of a lease if renting.

The fairs will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury on January 16 and at Governor’s Hall in Sailwinds Park in Cambridge on January 23. For information on transportation to the fair in Cambridge, call Delmarva Community Services at 410-221-1900.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to approximately 478,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .