AmerenUE today committed $5 million in corporate contributions to energy assistance programs that will benefit its Missouri customers. The commitment will start with a $1 million matching program for Dollar More, UE’s voluntary customer assistance fund. The company will match—dollar-for-dollar—contributions to Dollar More through 2011. Other components of the $5 million commitment will be announced in the coming months. Corporate contributions are from shareholder funds and are not recovered through UE’s electric or natural gas rates.
“This summer’s extreme heat and higher energy usage, when combined with the difficult economic conditions we are currently experiencing, have been very hard on many in the communities we serve,” said AmerenUE President and CEO Warner Baxter. “These programs will provide meaningful energy assistance to those who most need it.”
To participate in the Dollar More match, customers can simply check the Dollar More box on their utility bills. One dollar will then be added each month to the bill. Customers already contributing to Dollar More are encouraged to increase their giving by accessing their account at www.AmerenUE.com. UE will also match increases in contributions.
The Dollar More program helps families in need with their home energy costs, including costs for electricity, natural gas, oil and propane. By partnering with the United Way and a network of about 40 human service agencies, UE ensures that 100% of all donations go to help families in need within the UE service area. No contributions go for administrative costs.
Since 1982, the AmerenUE Dollar More program has given more than $30 million to help more than 135,000 families with their energy bills. An eligible family may receive up to $600 per calendar year in assistance. Historically, customers have given about $700,000 a year to Dollar More.
“We know that our employees and customers care about their friends and neighbors,” said Baxter. “I am happy that UE is able to double their generous contributions to Dollar More.”
Customers needing energy assistance can use the online Agency Assistance Finder at www.AmerenUE.com to find a list of agencies in their ZIP Code. Customers in need can also call 1.800.552.7583, or the United Way at 2.1.1. or 1.800.427.4626.
AmerenUE, founded in 1902, provides electric and gas service to approximately 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis area. UE serves 57 Missouri counties and 500 towns. The company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. For more information, visit www.AmerenUE.com.
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Contact: Tim Fox, 314-554-4335