Dominion contributes additional $1 million to EnergyShare

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Dominion Resources announced Monday it is donating another $1 million to its program that helps low-income customers pay their heating bills.

The Richmond-based company previously made a $1 million contribution to EnergyShare in October to start its assistance program for the winter months.

“We recognize that our customers are being affected by economic hardships that have not been seen in several generations,” Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion’s chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. “Dominion has increased its contribution to EnergyShare to provide additional assistance to those individuals and families who are most vulnerable to the current adverse economic conditions.”

EnergyShare, which includes donations from Dominion customers and employees, helps customers who can’t afford to heat their homes. To qualify, customers must meet at least one of the following criteria: be in danger of losing an important heating source, meet specific income requirements, be unemployed or be able to demonstrate a personal or family crisis.

Customers who are eligible receive a one-time payment of up to $600 per heating season, which goes directly toward paying the energy bill.

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