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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published December 23, 2013

BGE Offers Ways for Customers to Help Those in Need this Holiday Season



BGE Offers Ways for Customers to Help Those in Need this Holiday Season through

the Fuel Fund of Maryland Envelope Campaign and Gift of Energy Program

Customers can contribute to the Fuel Fund of Maryland through BGE’s online donation option or

traditional envelopes enclosed in December and January bills


BALTIMORE
 (Dec. 23, 2013) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) provides opportunities for customers to share the warmth of the season with those in need, making the holidays brighter for families throughout central Maryland. BGE and the Fuel Fund of Maryland kicked off BGE’s annual giving campaign, a customer-funded effort that makes energy assistance available to limited income customers who apply for assistance from the Fuel Fund of Maryland, after exhausting other resources. Gifts can be made through bge.com or by using the postage-paid envelopes enclosed in customers’ bills.

“We are grateful to both our generous customers and our employees who have been longtime supporters of the Fuel Fund of Maryland and many other worthwhile causes that assist families in meeting their energy needs, especially during the winter months,” said Carol Dodson, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “Since the Fuel Fund was founded more than 30 years ago, with seed money from BGE, it has helped thousands of individuals and families stay warm in the winter, as well as keep the lights on year round.”

Individuals may also consider helping a specific customer with their BGE bill by donating through the Gift of Energy program. Using a special form available on bge.com, customers are able to make donations of any amount to the accounts of specific customers. Donations will be applied to a future bill and will appear as a credit on the recipients’ BGE account. The recipient will be notified of the gift credit. The donor may notify the recipient or remain anonymous. The Gift of Energy recipient can be any BGE customer and they do not have to qualify for energy assistance or any special programs. The Gift of Energy formcan be found on bge.com and includes instructions on where to mail the special form and payment. Customers can also place a Gift of Energy order by calling BGE at 888.232.0088 (there is a $2.00 fee for this service, and you must have the gift recipient’s BGE account number).

Through BGE’s Dollar Donation Fund, customers are able to designate a donation amount to the Fuel Fund and have that amount added to their BGE bill each month. When a monthly bill is paid in full, BGE will forward the contribution directly to the Fuel Fund. These donations are all tax-deductible and the Fuel Fund will send customers a summary of their donations for their records after the end of the year. Customers may stay enrolled for as long as they wish, change their donation amount or withdraw from the program at any time. To participate in the Dollar Donation Fund visit bge.com to complete a simple form, or call BGE at 800.685.0123.

For more information on contributing through the annual energy assistance campaigns, visit bge.com/ourcommitments.