BGE Participates in Energy Assistance Expo and Encourages Limited-Income Customers to Attend to Apply for Energy Assistance
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Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Participates in Energy Assistance Expo and Encourages Limited-Income Customers to Attend to Apply for Energy Assistance
Limited-income customers encouraged to attend and speak with representatives from BGE, the Office of Senator Catherine Pugh, Office of Home Energy Programs and Baltimore City Community College
Funding available for eligible customers who may need help with energy bills
BALTIMORE, Nov. 9, 2012 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) <http://www.bge.com/Pages/
“It is extremely important that customers reach out to BGE before finding themselves in a crisis, so that we can work together in helping them manage their energy needs,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer, BGE. “In addition to offering programs specifically targeted to help limited-income customers, BGE participates in energy assistance expos throughout the year and encourages customers who may need assistance with their energy bills to attend. All customers, including limited-income customers, should also take advantage of the many programs available through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® <http://www.bgesmartenergy.
This event is intended for customers who live in Baltimore City and currently have BGE service. Customers seeking additional assistance information are urged to contact the Baltimore City Central OHEP Office, located at 2700 N. Charles Street, Suite 202, Baltimore, Md. 21218. Additionally, customers can call 410-396-5555.
For eligibility, use the chart below. If a customer’s most recent monthly income is less than or equal to the amount below, they may be eligible for energy assistance and help with energy bills. Customers do not need to have a turn-off notice to apply for energy assistance.
Household Size Maximum Monthly Gross Income
For each additional person in the household, add $577.50.
This event is for customers who currently have service. Eligible applicants must have an existing BGE account or be in the process of applying for a new account. Customers applying for energy assistance should bring the following with them for processing:
· Proof of residence (lease, rent book, mortgage statement)
· Copies of Social Security Cards for all household members, including children
· Proof of all of your household’s total gross income for the last 30 days (from all sources of income)
· The name of your home energy supplier and account number
· A copy of your most recent utility bill
BGE estimates 200,000 customers in its service area are limited income; however, only approximately 65,000 of those customers apply for OHEP assistance. Additionally, customers who need aid beyond the OHEP grant may contact the Fuel Fund of Maryland, BGE Community Assistance Fund, as well as other community based organizations. While energy assistance events are held periodically throughout the year, qualifying customers can apply for grants at any OHEP office during normal business hours. For more information on state income guidelines, and for information on where and how to apply for assistance, contact the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) <http://www.dhr.state.md.us/
Additional Resources for Customers:
· Community Resource Guide <http://www.bge.com/myaccount/
· Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) and Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) <http://www.dhr.state.md.us/
· BGE Smart Energy Savers Program <http://www.bgesmartenergy.
· Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) <http://www.maryland.gov/
· Fuel Fund of Maryland <http://www.fuelfundmaryland.
· 2-1-1 Maryland <http://www.211metrodc.org/> provides a link to community health and human service resources statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 150 languages. Dial 2-1-1 to find assistance when you or someone you know needs help, from child care, jobs, health care, and insurance — to emergency services to help you in times of disaster or crisis.
Customers should never wait until they are in trouble to seek assistance. For information on financial and billing assistance, visitbge.com <http://www.bge.com/myaccount/