Georgians looking for help staying warm this winter are finding long lines and reduced budgets at assistance programs. Low-income residents can apply for federally-financed home heating through community organizations. Last month's cuts in food stamp benefits led to a record number of applicants for energy assistance.
A natural gas distributor is seeking $275 million from its customers to replace aging plastic pipelines. AGL Resources says the program is necessary to replace plastic pipelines installed from about 1965 to 1983. Utility officials say surveys show those pipes are leaking, though not at rates that immediately threaten the public.
The Public Service Commission wants to know what people think about Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light’s recent rate hike requests. They’re holding public hearings in Macon, Savannah, Rome and Atlanta over the next few months.