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Maryland Offers $83M in Aid for Overdue Utility Bills

The Maryland Public Service Commission has set up an $83 million fund to help struggling residents who fell behind on their utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program, funded through the RELIEF Act that Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law this year, allocated the funds to utility companies, which in turn will offer bill credits to qualifying customers, WTOP reported.

“This assistance builds on the many programs available to support out customers,” said Derrick Dickens, senior vice president and chief customer officer for Pepco Holdings, WTOP reported. “We urge our customers to take advantage of the extended payments arrangements and energy assistance programs we are offering to help them meet their energy needs.”

The program funds three categories in sequential order, with customers who have received state energy assistance over the past four years as the first who will receive consideration, followed by people who have medical need certificates to file with a utility and those with the oldest outstanding balances, WTOP reported.

Companies will start contacting customers who may qualify for the program in the near future.

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