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Denton Program Helps Pay Utility Bills

P.L.U.S. One program helps Denton residents in need



    (Published Monday, July 30, 2012)

    The summer heat has arrived, and so have high electric bills.

    Denton Municipal Electric's P.L.U.S. One program -- which is designed to help people with their utility bills -- needs some help of its own.

    Interfaith Ministries partners with Denton Municipal Electric to administer the program. Condell Garden, Interfaith Ministries executive director, said the program is only able to help about 10 percent of the people who would qualify for assistance.

    "It was about $2,100 a month when we started, and now it's about $800 or $900 a month," Garden said.

    P.L.U.S. One is funded by electric customers who donate to the program on their monthly utility bill. That money is then divided among customers in need.

    Denton Municipal Electric said it is getting a lot of calls from customers having trouble paying the higher summer electric bills.

    Laretha Wilson, of Denton, said her electric bills have doubled this summer.

    "It goes from about $105 to around $200 or a little bit more," she said.

    Wilson said electricity is essential because she battles medical problems.

    Denton Municipal Electric spokesman Brian Daskam said Wilson is not the only electric customer seeking help with their bills.

    "People really see their energy bills going up this time of year," he said. "The P.L.U.S. One program is designed for times just like this."