Edison donates more than $700,000 to help pay electric bills

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sce-energy-assistance-fundA recent survey reveals that about 12 percent of Southern California Edison customers, approximately 480,000 households, are facing serious financial difficulties and will have trouble paying their bills this year. In an effort to extend aid to thousands of customers, Edison International donated $300,000 to the utility’s Energy Assistance Fund.

The Energy Assistance Fund provides up to $100 a year to any income-qualified SCE customer to help pay electric bills. The fund would have been depleted by Dec. 31, but with the $300,000 donation, families can continue to receive help for an additional six to eight weeks into 2010. In addition, Edison International made a separate $330,000 donation earlier in the year and employees personally gave more than $117,000 in 2009.

“It is our hope that our contribution to the Energy Assistance Fund during this tough economic time touches as many families as possible,” said Barbara J. Parsky, Edison International’s senior vice president, Corporate Communications. “This is one of the many ways our company strives to help our customers.”

Since 1982, the Energy Assistance Fund has helped thousands of SCE low-income families. In 2009, it served about 8,600 customers. The program is funded through voluntary donations made by Edison International shareholders, employees and SCE customers. United Way of Greater Los Angeles administers the funds for the company through 75 community-based organizations.

SCE customers donated $58,000 directly in 2009, and contributed another $53,500 by designating their rebates for recycling refrigerators go to the fund. In addition to the Energy Assistance Fund, SCE also provides many other programs to help customers in need.

To learn more about the Energy Assistance Fund or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.sce.com/eaf.

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