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For Immediate Release


Atlantic City Electric Alerts Customers to New Grant Assistance

Other Payment Assistance Programs Still Accepting Applications

MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Atlantic City Electric wants customers to know that a new TRUE grant, and several other payment assistance programs, are available to assist them in paying utility bills.

The Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE) Program was approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities earlier this year. It's a one-time benefit for New Jersey residents struggling to pay electric and natural gas bills and are ineligible for low-income programs. The maximum grant is $750 for electric and $750 for gas service.

To be eligible for TRUE, customers must meet the following income and eligibility requirements:

  1. Annual income for a two-person household must be at least $29,160, not exceeding $69,853. For a household of four, an income between $44,112 and $103,034. Income caps for other size households are listed on
  2. Must be 45 or more days past due on their bill and/or have received a service discontinuation notice.
  3. Demonstrate that four payments of at least $25 each have been made on their utility account within the past six months, at least three of which were made 30 days prior to applying for the TRUE grant.
  4. Been ineligible for, or have not received, LIHEAP or USF benefits in the last year.

Contact information for New Jersey energy assistance programs is listed below:

  • TRUE Grant
    856-964-6887 (Covers: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cumberland & Salem counties)
    732-244-9041 ext 10 & 11 (Covers: Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May and Burlington counties)
    Assists customers, who are ineligible for low income programs, by providing up to $1500 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill.
  • The Universal Service Fund (USF)
    Helps ensure that income eligible New Jersey utility customers pay no more than 6% of their annual income for their natural gas and electric service combined.
    866-NJ SHARES (657-4273)
    Provides assistance to New Jersey customers in need of temporary help in paying their energy bills.
  • NJ Lifeline
    Helps income eligible seniors and disabled adults with an annual utility credit of $225.

To view state-specific Web sites with information on programs for assistance, go to and click on Billing & Payments then click Payment Services.


Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.

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