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SDG&E promotes new utility assistance program

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric Wednesday urged financially strapped customers to apply for a new state program that provides grants to help families with overdue utility bills.

The program, called Temporary Energy Assistance for Families, provides eligible families a one-time emergency grant of up to $1,500 to pay off past-due utility bills and avoid shutoff.

It is being administered by The Salvation Army.

"We are committed to helping families who are hurting the most during this recession," said Hal Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E. "SDG&E and our sister utility, Southern California Gas Company, are working with The Salvation Army to ensure all of our customers are aware of the many kinds of assistance available to them."

The financial assistance program is being funded through a federal economic stimulus grant to California.

SDG&E will have $5 million to help qualifying customers in its service area through the program.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 21. To apply, customers should contact The Salvation Army at (800) 933-9677 or visit www.tsagoldenstate.org.

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