Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Low-income West Virginians may get a little help paying their electric bills.
Allegheny Energy's Trans Allegheny Interstate Line Co. has donated $500,000 to the West Virginia Utility Assistance Program.
The money will help provide grants to about 1,600 households.
Program director Danielle Snidow says the money will be especially helpful given the current economy.
Since Oct. 1, the program has distributed grants totaling nearly $555,000 to 1,994 households.
To qualify, customers must have made a sincere effort to pay their bills in the past 90 days.
They also must have income equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.
Full eligibility requirements are available at www.dollarenergyfund.org.
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