Duke Energy Florida has helped more than 15,000 customers heat and cool homes through company’s Energy Neighbor Fund since 2013

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  • $1.6 million donated through fund since 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Since 2013, Duke Energy Florida’s Energy Neighbor Fund assistance program has donated $1.6 million to help more than 15,000 eligible customers cover their home energy bills.

The company partners with social service agencies, community action agencies and United Way organizations throughout its service territory to distribute the funds.

The program relies on donations from Duke Energy Florida customers and its employees. Customer donations are matched by the Duke Energy Foundation up to $500,000 per year.

One hundred percent of the money collected from customers and employees goes directly to the partner agencies to help those in need.

In 2016, year-to-date, the Energy Neighbor Fund has donated approximately $360,000 and has assisted more than 2,200 customers.

“We live here, work here and are committed to our communities year-round,” said Alex Glenn, state president, Duke Energy Florida. “Our Energy Neighbor Fund program is successful because of the generosity of our Duke Energy Florida customers and employees. We’re grateful for their support and the positive lasting impact it has in the communities we serve.”

Customers can donate to the program online through their Duke Energy account or by mail. Customers who need assistance with their home energy bills can access contact information for local resources and learn about partner organizations through the Duke Energy website or the Customer Care Center at 800.700.8744.

Additional information on the Energy Neighbor Fund program is available on the company’s website.

About Duke Energy Florida                                                                                 

Duke Energy Florida owns and operates a diverse generation mix, including renewables, providing about 9,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.7 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area.

With its Florida regional headquarters located in St. Petersburg, Fla., Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. It supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7.4 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people. The company also distributes natural gas to more than 1.5 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com

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