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Delmarva Power Reminds Customers of Available Funds

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Customers Can Apply for Energy Assistance

SALISBURY, Md. – Customers having problems paying their energy bills can find extra help over the next several weeks. Federal legislation increased the average energy assistance amount for households who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this heating season.

LIHEAP is a block grant program which assists low-income households – both homeowners and renters – with their energy bills. The application period is through March 31, 2009.

Delmarva Power is partnering with community-based organizations and social service agencies throughout Delaware and Maryland to ensure that their low-income and at-risk customers are made aware of the federal dollars available to help them with their utility bills.

Below are the program details and contact information for the respective states:

Delaware

The Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) assists low-income households that need help in meeting the cost of home energy used for heating and cooling their homes. The Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) administers this program on a contractual basis with Catholic Charities, Inc.

For more information and to apply , visit or call Catholic Charities at:

New Castle County
Phone : 302-654-9295


Kent
County
Phone : 302-674-1782


Sussex County
Phone: 302-856-6310

Additional information can be found online at www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/liheap.html

Maryland

The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs administers the LIHEAP program in Maryland, called the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, which primarily helps low-income residents pay their heating bills. Maryland residents can apply at local administering agencies or online at www.marylandsail.org. For general questions pertaining to LIHEAP assistance in Maryland, call 1-800-332-6347. The contact information for local administering agencies in Delmarva Power’s service territory is:

Caroline County Dept. of Social Services
Phone: (410) 819-4500

Cecil County Dept. of Social Services
Phone: (410) 996-0270

Dorchester County Dept. of Social Services
Phone: (410) 901-4100

Harford County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Phone: (410) 638-3240

Kent County Dept. of Social Services
Phone: 410-810-7716

Queen Anne's County Dept. of Social Services
Phone: (410) 758-8000

Shore Up! Inc. for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties
Phone: (410) 749-1142

Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center
Phone: (410) 822-5015

Additional information can be found online at www.dhr.state.md.us/meap.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .