Duke Energy offering bill assistance

Duke Energy Indiana will have more than $330,000 in financial assistance to customers who are struggling to pay their electric bills this winter.

The funds come from Duke Energy contributions and customer and employee donations.

“Winters can cause financial strain for some of our customers and for years, we’ve dedicated funds to help those in need,” said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy Indiana president. “We encourage customers with financial challenges to reach out to their local community action agency to take advantage of these energy assistance dollars as we head into the colder months.”

Duke Energy works in partnership with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Energy Assistance Program to distribute the company’s assistance funds.

Qualifying Duke Energy customers who may be struggling to pay their electric bills can receive up to a $300 credit annually on their account.

Due to high demand, customers need to first check with their community action agency to make sure there are still funds available locally in the program. In Bartholomew County, that is Human Services, Inc., at 812-372-8407 or visit hsi-indiana.com.

The financial assistance is made possible through Duke Energy’s Share the Light Fund, formerly known as Helping Hand, which brings together customers and communities to help individuals and families struggling to pay their utility bills. Over the last five years, Duke Energy Indiana customers have contributed more than $3.5 million in energy assistance funds to its Indiana customers.

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to about 860,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier. For more on the utility, visit duke-energy.com.