PARTNERS FOR WARMTH URGE THEIR NATURAL GAS CUSTOMERS TO APPLY FOR LIHEAP GRANTS DURING APRIL EXTENSION
Western Pennsylvania’s natural gas utilities today announced the extension of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the 2014-2015 winter heating season. The federally funded program was slated to end on April 3, 2015. However, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended the application deadline until May 1, 2015.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services which helps income-eligible families pay winter heating costs. The program provides a one-time grant to assist with paying home heating bills.
Eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP change, and customers who may not have been eligible in the past are encouraged to reapply. For the 2014-2015 winter heating season, the income eligibility limit is 150% of federal poverty income guidelines.
Customers are encouraged to apply online through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Access to Social Service website (COMPASS) at www.compass.state.pa.us.
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PUC Decision Allows More Customers Access to Natural Gas Service
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved a new tariff plan allowing Peoples to extend its pipelines to homes and businesses in communities that previously did not have access to natural gas service. These communities will now be able to take advantage of the cost saving, reliability and environmental benefits of natural gas under the new Peoples Gas Pipeline Expansion Program. There are estimated to be more than 360,000 households in Western Pennsylvania who currently heat their homes with a more expensive fuel.
With the PUC approval, Peoples now has the ability to serve more western Pennsylvania communities requesting gas service, thereby providing them with the opportunity to save money heating their homes and businesses. The new program will add a flat monthly charge to customers’ utility bills to cover the costs of connection to a natural gas pipeline. However, even with the program rates, customers will save money on monthly energy bills for years to come. The length of time the program rates are added to a customer’s bill will vary depending on the scope of the project in each community.
Those who would like more information on the Gas Pipeline Expansion Program and how it could benefit their community can contact Peoples at 1-866-654-4660 or visit www.gowithgas.com.
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CIO Honored with
BusinessWomen First Award
Peoples' Senior V.P. & CIO Ruth DeLost-Wylie received a Pittsburgh BusinessWomen First Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times and its sister publication, bizwomen, on Thursday, March 12. The award honors women in western Pennsylvania for their accomplishments in the workplace. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges made up of winners of the previous year’s award program. The honor is based on their impact on their
for-profit or non-profit organization and their track record of measurable success. This is the eighth year for the awards program.
PEOPLES RECEIVES PITTSBURGH
BUSINESS ETHICS AWARD
Peoples received a Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award from the Society of Financial Services Professionals at their 14th annual presentation luncheon on February 25. The award honors companies that demonstrate a commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations; management; philosophies; and responses to crises or challenges.
Peoples won the award in the Large Company Category. Along with Medium Company Category winner GiftCards.com and Small Company Category winner GTECH Strategies, Peoples will now be considered for the national Business Ethics Awards competition.
“Ethical practices are at the core of Peoples’ company values of Safety, Community, Trust and Customer Commitment,” explains Carolyn McKinney, Vice President, Human Resources. “This award acknowledges our company-wide commitment to operating at the highest levels of visibility and integrity.”
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Opens November 3
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. and Peoples Natural Gas are partnering once again to promote the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with the goal of helping low-income customers with their winter heating bills.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) that helps income-eligible families pay winter heating costs. The program provides a one-time grant to assist with paying home heating bills.
LIHEAP funds are limited. Columbia Gas and Peoples Natural Gas urge eligible home owners and renters to apply as soon as possible. Eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP change, and customers who may not have been eligible in the past are encouraged to reapply. The income eligibility limit for the 2014-2015 program is 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. This means individuals with an annual income of up to $17,505 are eligible to apply. A family of four can earn an annual income of up to $35,775. LIHEAP closes on April 3, 2015 or earlier if funds run out.
Customers are encouraged to apply online through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Service website (COMPASS) at www.compass.state.pa.us or by calling 1-866-827-1281.
6th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign Kicks Off on October 29
Hearth & Home Furnishings, Peoples Natural Gas and Peoples TWP are teaming up for a sixth year to help local, limited-income households maintain or restore gas utility services. A kick-off fundraising event will be held October 29, and Hearth & Home will donate a portion of their sales to Dollar Energy Fund through December 31. Peoples Natural Gas and Peoples TWP will match the donation, which will help Dollar Energy provide utility assistance grants to families facing a crisis.
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14th Annual Kids Triathlon Series Benefits Habitat for Humanity
Sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas
Young athletes from Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond will compete in Habitat for Humanity's 14th annual Kids Triathlon Series in South Park on July 19th and in North Park on August 9, 2014. Roughly 225 young athletes ages 7-12 will swim, bike and run to benefit Habitat. Since its inception 14 years ago, the Kids Triathlon Series has raised over $750,000 for affordable housing. Athletes can register online at http://www.pittsburghhabitat.org/events/kids-triathlon.
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Top Pittsburgh Athletes Flex Muscles for MDA at 10th Annual Muscle Team Event
Pittsburgh's professional athletes, local celebrities and military heros are set to put their muscle behind finding treatments and cures for muscle disease at the 10th annual Muscle Team event to beenfit local children and adults in the Pittsburgh area served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year's Muscle Team Honorary Coaches are Morgan O'Brien, President and CEO of Peoples, and Executive Director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania Jason Fincke.
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