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Delmarva Power customers could have help with bills

(Sept. 3, 2015) Customers who are having difficulty paying their energy bills can find extra help over the next several months.
The federal government offers energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
LIHEAP is a block grant program, administered by the states, that assists low-income households – both homeowners and renters – with their energy bills. The application period is open now in Delaware and Maryland. There could be limited funds available, so customers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
“LIHEAP doesn’t pay anyone’s entire utility bill, but the financial assistance can help someone get through a crisis, a really cold winter or a dangerously hot summer,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president.
Delmarva Power is partnering with community-based organizations and social service agencies throughout Delaware and Maryland to ensure that low-income and at-risk customers know about the federal dollars available to help them with their utility bills.
The Delaware Energy Assistance Program 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 administers this program on a contractual basis with Catholic Charities, Inc.  
For more information, call Catholic Charities in Sussex County, 302-856-6310.
Customers can also apply for emergency assistance funds through the Division of State Service Centers. Such funding would be used for rent, utilities and emergency shelter in order to maintain self-sufficiency and avoid homelessness. Additional information can be found online at
The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs administers the Maryland Energy Assistance and the Electric Universal Service Programs, which primarily help low-income residents pay their electricity and heating bills.
Maryland residents can apply at local administering agencies. General information about energy assistance in Maryland can be found online at Contact information for local administering agencies in Delmarva Power’s service territory is Shore Up! Inc. for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties, 410-341-9634.
Additional information can be found online at
Income eligible customers in Delaware and Maryland also can receive help in paying their utility bills through Delmarva Power’s Good Neighbor Energy Fund. To apply for assistance through this program,  contact the local Salvation Army that administers the fund.