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12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Dominion East Ohio EnergyShare program now accepting applications

OHIO — Local Ohio Salvation Army offices are now accepting applications for Dominion East Ohio’s EnergyShare program that helps families who have exhausted all other forms of winter energy assistance. EnergyShare is entering its 13th year in Ohio.

To qualify for one-time EnergyShare assistance, a person must live in the Dominion service area, be a Dominion customer and must have:

  • a household income no higher than 175 percent of the federal poverty level, be unemployed or demonstrate a need for assistance;
  • exhausted all other state and federal energy assistance; and
  • received a shutoff notice or have their service already disconnected.

Dominion works with local Salvation Army offices to help eligible participants. Every dollar contributed to this fund goes to pay recipients’ Dominion East Ohio heating bills, according to Dominion officials.

EnergyShare is supported by donations from Dominion customers, employees and EnergyShare partners. Dominion covers the program’s administrative costs, allowing all donations to go toward paying heating bills. Local Salvation Army offices in the Dominion service area accept applications for EnergyShare assistance and administer distribution of the funds. In the past decade, EnergyShare has helped more than 62,000 area people, including more than 6,200 last year.

 

Ohio EPA providing planning, design loans to Akron

AKRON — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing two more loans to the city of Akron for its efforts to upgrade its sanitary sewer and drinking water systems.

Since the beginning of this year, Ohio EPA has awarded the city more than $20 million in low-interest loans for infrastructure improvements, according to EPA officials.

The latest loans also come from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), this time to pay for planning and design projects at Akron’s Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), according to EPA officials. One loan of $333,200 will allow the WRF to evaluate anticipated changes in wastewater flows once the city completes construction of combined sewer overflow tunnels and storage basins. A second loan of $1.52 million will fund design work for rebuilding the WRF’s final settling tanks. Both five-year loans carry a 3.59 percent interest rate.

Since 1989, the WPCLF has awarded more than $6 billion in below-market financing for sewage treatment plant upgrades and other water quality improvement projects, according to EPA officials. The program has saved borrowers more than $1.1 billion in interest. Low-interest loans also have been provided to municipalities and individuals for agricultural best management practices, home sewage system improvements, contaminated site cleanup and landfill closures.

According to EPA officials, the WPCLF also can provide technical assistance to public wastewater systems in a variety of areas, from the planning, design and construction of improvements to enhancing the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems.

The loan program is managed by Ohio EPA with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA), according to EPA officials. The Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, individual project coordination, and environmental reviews of projects seeking funds. The OWDA provides financial management of the fund, according to EPA officials.

 

Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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