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Columbia Gas of Ohio hosts state-wide event to share home heating assistance programs for this winter

Friday, October 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio is hosting an unprecedented event to ensure that homes heated with natural gas maintain service this winter heating season.

The Columbia Gas Energy Assistance Seminar takes place on Tuesday, October 16, at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio.  There will be two sessions – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It is expected that more than 50 agency representatives from across the state of Ohio will attend one of the sessions.

The seminar will focus on programs to ensure homes – especially those hit hardest in the current economic environment – maintain natural gas service this winter heating season.

“With the programs that are available, there is simply no reason for anyone to be without natural gas service,” says Dan Creekmur, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Columbia Gas of Ohio. “The Energy Assistance Seminar is designed to provide agencies that assist consumers with all the information necessary to help homes stay warm this winter.”

This program is especially critical, as recent reports show that 15.3 percent, or 1.74 million Ohioans live at or below the poverty level. This is worse than the national average of 15.1 percent, and the highest since 1980.

At the seminar, agency representatives will learn more about several programs, including:

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • PIPP and PIPP Plus
  • Auction Fuel Fund
  • The Winter Crisis Fuel Fund
  • WarmChoice
  • Home Performance Solutions
  • Simple Energy Solutions
Additionally, there will be an overview of Columbia Gas policy and procedures for maintaining service. There will be presentations by several state agencies, including the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Ohio Department of Development and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

For more information, or for agencies looking to attend, please call 1-800-952-3037.

About Columbia Gas of Ohio

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.

Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to: SafeGasOhio.org.