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Help for Paying Home Heating Bills Extended to March 31

15 Feb 2005

LIHEAP extends application deadline

Wilkes-Barre, PA (February 15, 2005) – PG Energy, the area’s largest natural gas utility, announced today that the deadline to apply for the crisis program of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) has been extended to March 31, 2005.  Deadline for the cash program of LIHEAP is scheduled for March 24, 2005, or until all funds have been exhausted.

The LIHEAP is a federally funded program that enables the state to help low-income households pay their heating bills. In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Pennsylvania would be receiving an additional $7.5 million for LIHEAP, bringing the total allocated to the state for the winter heating season to $140 million.

As part of the program, customers do not have to have an unpaid bill to receive a cash grant.  Crisis grants are available for those who need additional help paying their home heating bills.  Crisis grants can also help restore service to customers who’ve had their home heating service terminated or received a service termination notice.

To qualify for a LIHEAP cash or crisis grant, applicants do not have to receive public assistance or own their homes.

Income guidelines are $12, 569 for one person in the household; $16,862 for two people in the household; $21,155 for three people in the household and $25,448 for four people in the household.  For each additional person, add $4,293.

Applying customers must supply proof of income for all family members, a recent PG Energy bill, and the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of each member of the household.

For more information or to obtain an application, call PG Energy at 1-800-432-8017 or 1-888-829-8611.  Applications also are available at county assistance offices or by visiting www.ugipng.com.

PG Energy, headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is a natural gas operating division of Southern Union Company (NYSE:SUG). PG Energy serves approximately 158,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.