FREDERICK COUNTY (JUNE 24, 2011) Maryland’s Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) received $600,000 from The Potomac Edison Company to help offset energy costs for customers in the seven Maryland counties served by the electric utility. Those counties include, Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington. Potomac Edison representatives made the presentation to OHEP staff at an event held at the Frederick County Department of Social Services on June 24, 2011.
“The funding will help customers who have past-due amounts on their account,” said Ralph Markus, Director of the Office of Home Energy Programs. “Often, the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) benefit does not cover a customer’s entire energy bill. The Potomac Edison funding will go a long way toward helping to eliminate outstanding bills not covered by the EUSP benefit.”
“Although Potomac Edison’s residential electric rates are among the lowest in the state, difficult economic times have caused some of our customers to fall behind on their electric bills,” said James V. Fakult, FirstEnergy President of Maryland Operations. “We are gratified that our $600,000 contribution to the Electric Universal Service Program will assist qualified customers in our Maryland service territory with past-due bills.” Customers with outstanding arrearages, should contact their local home energy office.
These monies were made available to satisfy a key requirement of the February 2011 merger of two energy suppliers; FirstEnergy Corporation and Allegheny Energy. Potomac Edison is one of ten electric distribution companies that are a part of FirstEnergy.
“The Office of Home Energy Programs reminds customers that the 2011-2012 energy season begins in July when applications are made available in the local energy offices,” said Markus. “We know that strategic, advance planning is important to ensuring that energy needs are met.”
Potomac Edison serves nearly 220,000 residential customers in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties.