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For Release: 11/01/2010

Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Urge Customers to Apply for LIHEAP Grants

Program Opens for ALL Eligible Customers on November 1

Chicago, IL – On November 1, all eligible Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas customers can apply for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) funds if they are in need of assistance this heating season. The program provides grants to help customers struggling financially to pay their energy bills.

"We are strongly encouraging all of our customers who meet the specified requirements to apply now," said Adrienne M. Jones, director of Government and Community Relations for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. "If you have lost your job or your hours have been reduced, there is a very good chance you may qualify for a LIHEAP grant."

The grants are available to help customers pay outstanding bills, reconnect natural gas service and maintain their home’s service. The utilities are sending out postcards to customers who may be eligible to receive LIHEAP funding to encourage them to apply. 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 $1,354
2 $1,821
3 $2,289
4 $2,756
5 $3,224
6 $3,691

To apply for LIHEAP, customers must have proof of household income for the last 30 days, a copy of their current utility bill and Social Security numbers for everyone in the household. During the 2009-2010 heating season, approximately 50,000 customers took advantage of LIHEAP assistance.

To 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. 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 www.northshoregasdelivery.com for a list of application sites and guidelines.

The utilities are also encouraging customers to take advantage of various other programs and services to help them use energy more efficiently, stabilize their bills and manage their accounts during this environment of tough economic times.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas recommend that customers sign up for Budget Billing to help manage heating bills year-round. Budget Billing spreads annual payments more evenly over the year to help customers plan their utility payments.

In addition, there are also a number of low-cost ways customers can manage their energy usage. More information can be found on the companies' websites.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 817,000 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 www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 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 www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

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  • Bonnie Johnson (Media)
    Manager, Public Relations
    (312) 240-4567
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