Duke Energy program helping to keep families warm this winter

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  • Through Energy Neighbor Fund, the company, its employees and customers team up to raise funds to help families struggling to pay their energy bills

  • The program provided Carolinas customers with $710,000 in bill assistance in 2015

RALEIGH – Throughout the winter season, Duke Energy Progress is continuing its 30-year tradition by partnering with employees and customers to lend a hand to those struggling to pay their winter energy bills in the Carolinas.

Through its Energy Neighbor Fund program, Duke Energy works with social service agencies, community action agencies and United Way organizations in the Duke Energy Progress service territory to aid qualified senior citizens, families and other customers with financial assistance.

The company annually matches up to $500,000 in employee and customer contributions during the heating season. One hundred percent of funds collected from customers and employees go directly to agencies helping those in need.

“We know that many of our customers live on fixed incomes and have little margin for emergencies or unexpected expenses,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Duke Energy's Energy Neighbor Fund provides lifesaving assistance to customers in crisis, ensuring they don't have to suffer without heat, lights or refrigeration.”

In 2015, Duke Energy, its employees and customers provided $710,000 in bill assistance to North Carolina and South Carolina customers through Energy Neighbor Fund.

Since the program’s establishment in the mid 1980s, it has provided more than $32 million in heating and cooling bill assistance. Duke Energy offers similar energy assistance programs across the company’s six service areas.

“We want our customers to know we are here to help. We have the resources and support to assist with winter heating bills thanks in large part to our generous customers who contribute to our energy assistance programs each year,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president. “Their generous support has meaningful impact for thousands of people across the Carolinas.”

To learn more about the Energy Neighbor Fund and how you can help, visit www.duke-energy.com/community/programs/progress-energy-energy-assistance.asp

Additionally, Duke Energy provides energy efficiency products and services and information to help customers save energy and money. For more information visit duke-energy.com.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.  

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