Duke Energy offers help with winter energy bill

Duke Energy is assisting customers who may struggle to pay their winter energy bills.

The company is contributing $600,000 for low-income customer energy assistance through its Helping Hand program. Duke Energy Indiana customers and employees have contributed about $96,000 to the program, raising this year’s total to almost $700,000.

Customers who need help paying their electricity bills may apply for up to $300 toward their bill if a local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need. The company partners with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Energy Assistance Program to distribute the funding.

Last year the program was able to help more than 5,700 Indiana households maintain utility service.

For more information, visit duke-energy.com.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.