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|FPL Contributes $1 Million to Care To Share to Help Needy Families With Electric Bills; The Company Also Offers Incentives and Programs to Encourage Energy Conservation and Advocates for LIHEAP|
JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 16, 2006--With customers facing higher energy bills this year, Florida Power & Light Company today announced it has contributed $1 million to the FPL Care To Share program. The donation is an effort to help needy families unable to pay their electric bill in part due to the dramatic increase in global fuel prices.
"We are committed to doing our part to support families who are having difficulty paying their electric bill," said Armando Olivera, president of FPL. "Through a combination of direct financial support and energy conservation programs, we hope we can make a difference and help our customers manage through this period of high fuel prices."
FPL Care To Share is a program providing emergency energy assistance funds through a network of partnerships, including local government agencies as well as non-profit social service agencies like The Salvation Army. FPL Care To Share has provided emergency assistance to more than 42,000 families since 1994 and distributed, as a result of company and customer contributions, nearly $7.2 million.
To be eligible for FPL Care To Share Program funds, customers must:
-- have an income that falls at or below agency income guidelines, typically 150% of poverty level -- have experienced a personal or family crisis -- have exhausted other available energy assistance sources, such as government funded programs, and -- meet other criteria that may be used in determining customer eligibility, as identified by the qualifying agency.
To determine eligibility, customers can contact the partner agency that handles FPL Care To Share qualification for their local area. For more information, visit http://www.FPL.com and click on the "Community Involvement / Care To Share Program/ Care To Share Partner Agencies" links - or contact FPL at the telephone number found on your monthly electric bill.
FPL customers may also join with the company to help those in need by donating to FPL Care To Share any time during the year through their monthly electric bill. FPL recently added a new donation option to the FPL Pay Online web-based program, providing a quick and easy way to pay your bill and help those in need.
In addition to the $1 million contribution to Care To Share, FPL's Low Income Weatherization Program, in partnership with government and non-profit agencies, can assist low-income customers reduce the cost of heating and cooling their homes.
To help low-income customers achieve energy savings, a free home energy survey is available. FPL will cover $10 of the cost of installing weather stripping, caulking and door sweeps. FPL also provides $35 toward the cost for inspecting air conditioning units to identify those needing maintenance.
FPL customers qualify for this benefit through local weatherization agencies if they meet federal low-income criteria. For a listing of local providers, customers can visit the Department of Community Affairs website at http://www.dca.state.fl.us.
"Our programs are intended to either ease the financial burden generated by growing worldwide fuel prices or help our customers become more conscious of energy usage in their homes and businesses," said Olivera. "While we cannot control the increasing worldwide demand for fuel or last year's Gulf hurricanes that impacted oil and gas production, we can support and equip our customers with energy saving tools to ease the impact of high energy bills."
Finally, Congress will soon vote to approve additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offering a one-time payment of the energy bill for those who qualify. In Florida alone, more than 1 million households are eligible for LIHEAP. "FPL is encouraging Florida's congressional delegation to approve funds for this program which serves the most vulnerable citizens -- the elderly, disabled and low-income families with small children," said Olivera. "We encourage our customers to learn about the program and communicate with their congressional representatives on the issue."
Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE:FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $10 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.3 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's wholesale electricity generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.FPL.com, http://www.FPLGroup.com and http://www.FPLEnergy.com.
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CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company, Miami