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04/11/2019

Project SHARE Fund Receives Nearly $500,000 in Fuel Assistance Donations for NYSEG and RG&E Customers Fund Helps Those Facing Emergencies Who Have Exhausted Other Options

Project SHARE Fund Receives Nearly $500,000 in Fuel Assistance Donations for NYSEG and RG&E Customers Fund Helps Those Facing Emergencies Who Have Exhausted Other Options

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – April 11, 2019 – The Avangrid Foundation along with NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, announced available assistance for families faced with financial struggles and energy bills. The Avangrid Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of AVANGRID, donated $400,000 to HeartShare Human Services of New York to support the Project SHARE Fund. The Project SHARE Fund provides assistance for those who have exhausted resources and are forced to choose between their energy bills and other critical everyday necessities.  The fuel assistance programs help those struggling with their energy costs to stay warm and keep the lights on.
 
The assistance program also received approximately $100,000 through contributions by customers and employees of NYSEG and RG&E as well as community partner Dominion Transmission. 
 
“This fund helps families with emergency energy assistance when they need it most,” said Carl A. Taylor, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We are grateful for our partnership with HeartShare Human Services of New York, the administrator of the heating fund. We are also grateful to Dominion Transmission, the Avangrid Foundation, our customers and employees who continue to show their support for the Project SHARE Heating Fund by making contributions that helped customers during difficult times.”
 
In 2018, approximately 1,281 individuals or families benefited from Project SHARE grants:
758 NYSEG households received more than $229,996 in grants;
 
466 RG&E households received $152,147 in grants;
 
57 other suppliers of fuel and heating services to NYSEG and RG&E households received grants totaling $19,950.  
 
"Dominion Energy is proud to partner with New York State Electric and Gas, Rochester Gas & Electric and HeartShare Human Services of New York to help support upstate New York residents in need," Stan J. Ossowski, Manager, Gas Operations, Dominion Energy Transmission. “As an organization, we are committed to supporting meaningful projects like the Project SHARE Energy Fund that encourage energy efficiency and provide customer assistance."
 
"When we see corporations like Dominion continue to show support for families in the North Country, we are shown the meaning of corporate citizenship. Dominion along with the Avangrid Foundation continue for more than 30 years to step up and help families that are facing financial difficulties," Joe Guarinello, VP of Energy Programs at HeartShare.
 
Dominion Transmission is an interstate pipeline company supplying natural gas to parts of the NYSEG and RG&E service areas. 
 
To make a contribution to the fund, NYSEG and RG&E ask employees and customers to consider:
Automatic Giving – adding a whole dollar amount to future bills. 
 
Adding exactly $1, $2 or $5 to any NYSEG or RG&E bill payment. 
 
To learn more about the Project SHARE Heating Fund, Automatic Giving and eligibility for grants:
 
Active members of the military and veterans who have been honorably or generally discharged from the military receive special consideration for Project SHARE grants.
 
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About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

 

About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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