DOVER, DELAWARE – Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK) (Chesapeake) today announced the availability of grants through its SHARING program, a non-profit organization that makes funds available to the Company’s natural gas and propane customers living on the Delmarva Peninsula who need financial assistance paying their gas bills or repairing their gas appliances. This year, income eligible grants for as much as $750 are available to those in need.
In addition to the annual grant, a new, $100 grant is available for income eligible customers who complete an approved Energy Conservation course through First State Community Action Agency’s Community Energy Centers. First State’s Community Energy Centers (CEC) are funded by The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, in partnership with the Energy Coordinating Agency. The goal of the CECs is to improve the delivery of low-income energy services in Delaware.
The SHARING program distributes grants totaling approximately $45,000 each year. Over the last ten years, more than 2,000 grants totaling over $466,000 have helped customers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. Chesapeake created the SHARING program with donations provided by Chesapeake Utilities and Sharp Energy customers and employees as well as other members of the community. The program works to help ensure that those in need are not forgotten during the cold winter months when energy bills are at their peak. The SHARING program recently expanded into Worcester County, Maryland where eligible customers of Sandpiper Energy are now receiving grants.
“We are pleased that our SHARING program continues to grow, not just in the amount of assistance we’re able to provide, but we are also expanding our partnerships with local agencies,”
Commented Shane Breakie, Director, Energy Services for Chesapeake and President of the Chesapeake Emergency Energy Recipient Program, which oversees the SHARING Program. “The growth of the program ensures we can continue to help our customers and community members stay warm throughout the winter months.”
“The first recipient of the new Energy Conservation Grant was a very deserving Dover family. Not only was the energy education very valuable to help the family gain control of their energy usage, the Energy Conservation Grant was able to bring the family’s utility account to a more manageable condition,” Angela Bivens, Program Coordinator of the Community Energy Centers, stated. “The goal of the Community Energy Centers is to make Delaware residents energy conscious and empower them to take responsibility and control of their utility bills and their usage.”
The SHARING program is partnering with the First State Community Action Agency’s Community Energy Centers to provide energy conservation training for interested customers. Customers must meet income requirements and be vetted by the third party agency. For more information about the SHARING Program, please visit www.chesapeakesharing.com.
About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Chesapeake Utilities and Sharp Energy are subsidiaries of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission, gathering and processing, and marketing; electricity generation and distribution; propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing; and other related businesses. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Company’s family of businesses is available at www.chpk.com.
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