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ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 31, 2009 — In an effort to extend aid to thousands of Southern California Edison (SCE) customers, the utility’s parent company, Edison International, recently donated $300,000 to the utility’s Energy Assistance Fund.
The Energy Assistance Fund provides up to $100 a year to any income-qualified SCE customer to help pay electric bills. The fund would have been depleted by Dec. 31, but with the $300,000 donation, the fund can help families for an additional six to eight weeks into 2010. A recent survey reveals that about 12 percent of SCE customers, approximately 480,000 households, are facing serious financial difficulties and will have trouble paying their bills this year. Edison International also had made a $330,000 donation to the fund earlier in the year. In addition, employees personally gave more than $117,000 in 2009.
“It is our hope that our contribution to the Energy Assistance Fund during this tough economic time touches as many families as possible,” said Barbara J. Parsky, Edison International’s senior vice president, Corporate Communications. “This is one of the many ways our company strives to help our customers.”
Since 1982, the Energy Assistance Fund has helped thousands of SCE low-income families. In 2009, it served about 8,600 customers. The program is funded through voluntary donations made by Edison International shareholders, employees and SCE customers. United Way of Greater Los Angeles administers the funds for the company through 75 community-based organizations.
SCE customers donated $58,000 directly in 2009, and contributed another $53,500 by designating their rebates for recycling refrigerators go to the fund. In addition to the Energy Assistance Fund, SCE also provides many other programs to help customers in need.
To learn more about the Energy Assistance Fund or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.sce.com/eaf.
About Edison International
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and Edison Mission Group, a competitive power generation business and parent company to Edison Mission Energy and Edison Capital.