11/20/2018
I&M Providing $400,000 to Agencies Helping Utility Customers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power is providing $400,000 to Community Action agencies in Indiana to help Hoosier families pay their energy bills and to use energy more efficiently.

I&M submitted $125,000 to the Indiana Community Action Association (IN-CAA) for the Energy Share program to help qualified customers pay their seasonal bills. I&M will provide an additional $125,000 in 2019.

In addition, I&M is providing $150,000 to IN-CAA to weatherize the homes of income-qualified customers, helping them use energy more efficiently.

I&M’s assistance is a result of discussions between the company and Community Action representatives as part of I&M’s Building the Future regulatory rate review and was approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

“I&M understands that winter and summer utility bills can be especially difficult for some customers, and we were pleased to work with the agencies to help them help Hoosiers,” said Toby Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer of I&M.

Ed Gerardot, Executive Director of the Indiana Communication Action Association, said: “Given that the heating season is setting in early this fall, the money from I&M will help many households with limited incomes to be safer and more comfortable this winter. The network of Community Action Agencies nationwide works very hard to reduce the energy burden on our more vulnerable citizens. Funding such as this is highly valued.”

IN-CAA is a statewide, not-for-profit group comprised of Indiana’s 22 Indiana Community Action agencies. The anti-poverty organizations develop diverse program activities and services to address the needs of the communities they serve. They operate programs such as Head Start, Energy Assistance Programs, Weatherization Programs, Foster Grandparents and more.

I&M customers who wish to apply for energy assistant and/or weatherization assistance should go to the Community Action agency that serves their area:

Northeast Indiana:
Brightpoint
• Local Phone: (260) 423-3546
• Toll Free (800)589-2264
• Website: www.mybrightpoint.org

North Central Indiana
REAL Services
• Phone: (574) 233-8205
• Website: www.realservices.org

Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay, Randolph, Wells counties
Community and Family Services
• Phone: (260) 726-9318
• Website: www.communityandfamilyservices.org

Delaware, Grant, Henry, Madison, Tipton counties
Interlocal Community Action Program
• Phone: (765) 529-4403 or (317) 462-1477
• Website: www.icapcaa.org

Agency representatives can explain income guidelines and other program requirements. They also help clients seek assistance from other programs for which they may qualify, such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

I&M customers can learn about additional ways to use energy more efficiently at www.ElectricIdeas.com.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 593,900 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
(260) 408-3420
tkwarner@aep.com

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