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For Release: 09/03/2009

Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Launch Campaign to Prepare Customers for Upcoming Winter; Urge Customers to Apply for LIHEAP Grants;

Program Opens in Chicago on Sept. 1 for Seniors, Those With Disabilities and Disconnected Households With Children Under Five

Chicago, IL – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, the two utility companies serving approximately one million customers in the City of Chicago and 54 communities on the North Shore, announced today that they are launching their campaign to help customers prepare for the upcoming heating season. The campaign will include phone calls, post cards, letters, heating fairs, community outreach and partnerships, and the company’s annual award winning Team HEAT initiative to weatherize homes of low-income customers.

The two utilities have already begun notifying eligible customers about the early application period for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) which opens on September 1. The program provides grants to help low income customers pay their energy bills. It is administered in Cook County by the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA), and in Lake County by the Community Action Partnership of Lake County.

For Peoples Gas customers, the Sept. 1 opening applies to seniors, people with disabilities and customers with children under five years of age whose service is currently disconnected.

For North Shore Gas (NSG) customers, the Sept. 1 opening applies to seniors and people with disabilities. NSG households with disconnected gas service may apply for LIHEAP, beginning October 1. To inform customers, Peoples and North Shore have begun placing recorded phone calls to those experiencing challenges paying their energy bills. The 2 phone calls urge customers to contact CEDA or the Community Action Partnership of Lake County to determine if they are eligible for the LIHEAP funding and learn how to apply for the help. Grants are available to help customers pay outstanding bills, reconnect service, and maintain their home’s natural gas service. While gas prices have come down in recent months and it is anticipated that the average residential customer will pay approximately five hundred dollars less this year than last year to heat their homes, the utilities are still encouraging customers to sign up for the Budget Payment Plan to help manage heating bills year-round. The program spreads annual payments more evenly over the year to help customers budget for their utility payments. In addition, the company urges all customers to consider ways to reduce energy usage which will, in turn, help manage heating costs.

"Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are committed to delivering safety, warmth and reliability to our customers year-round," said Rodrigo A. Sierra, vice president of Public Affairs. "To help fulfill that mission, we are working with community groups, area churches and elected officials to provide customers with information on how to use energy more efficiently, budget payment programs to help stabilize bills, and grants for those who need assistance."

Early this fall, the company will conduct its annual Gas Price Seminar for local elected officials and community groups to help them inform and serve their constituents and clients about managing winter heating costs. In addition, Peoples and North Shore Gas will hold several heating fairs in partnership with CEDA and other community groups to work face-to-face with customers experiencing challenges with heating bills. Peoples and North Shore will also conduct their 6th annual Team HEAT (Home Energy Assistance Together) program. Since 2004, company volunteers have weatherized the homes of more than 500 low-income customers through the award winning Team HEAT initiative. To apply and find the location of the closest LIHEAP application site, Peoples Gas customers can call CEDA’s hotline at: 1-800-571-CEDA (2332) or visit http://www.cedaorg.net/www2/EnergyConservation.html. North Shore Gas customers can call the Community Action Partnership of Lake County at 1-847-249-4330. Customers can also visit www.peoplesgasdelivery.com or 3 www.northshoregasdelivery.com. LIHEAP opens to all other eligible customers of both Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas on Nov. 1.

To apply for a LIHEAP grant, customers must have proof of income, a copy of their utility bill and social security numbers for everyone in the household. Customers may be eligible for a grant if their income is 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines according to the following chart:

Family Income Guidelines

Size of Family 30 Days Income
1 $1,300
2 $1,750
3 $2,200
4 $2,650
5 $3,100
6 $3,550
7 $4,000
8 $4,450
9 $4,900
10 $5,350

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 840,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of Chicago. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on Peoples Gas, visit the company's web site: www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities in Northeastern Illinois. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on North Shore Gas visit the company's web site: www.northshoregasdelivery.com.