Programs Available to Help Customers Manage Summer Energy Costs
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 30, 2007) – As customers begin getting their bills for one of the hottest months on record, South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) would like to tell customers about two programs that can help them pay their bills and manage their budgets.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Low income customers can apply for federal funding recently allocated to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It is important to note that while the funds have been designated for South Carolina, the dollars will not be available for at least three to four weeks. Once funding is released locally, monies will be distributed through local community action agencies (a list of local agencies is attached). To find out more about the program and eligibility requirements, call the South Carolina Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity at 803-734-0662.

Easy Payment Plan (EPP)
Additionally, any SCE&G customer can gain regularity in their monthly bill through the company’s Easy Payment Plan (EPP). While EPP does not lower energy bills, it does provide consistency by allowing customers to spread their annual energy consumption evenly over a 12 month period. At the end of the year, any difference between payment and actual usage is calculated and then credited to or debited from the customer’s account.

For more information on the Easy Payment Plan, call 1-800-251-7234 or visit www.sceg.com to register through an online account.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 633,000 customers in 24 counties in central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 300,000 customers in 35 counties in the state. Information about SCE&G is available on the company’s web site at www.sceg.com
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