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I&M low-income program enters 8th year

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 7:02 am

Indiana Michigan Power's “Energy Share” program for low-income customers is entering its eighth year.

The program – a partnership with the Indiana Community Action Association and Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency -- assists households that need help paying for electrical service.

This year, I&M donated a total of $200,000 to the two agencies, which will manage the funds and distribute them to eligible customers, the power utility said in a statement.

“Indiana Michigan Power is grateful for the support of out community action partners as we reach out to help customers who are most in need, especially during the heating season,” said Sarah Bodner, director of communications and community relations for I&M, in the statement.

Over the past year, about 1,000 customers received an average of $195 for energy assistance, the statement said. Although the program is funded by I&M shareholders, the costs are not passed along in higher electric rates, the statement said.