NM utility expands Good Neighbor Fund

KRWG News – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (krwg) New Mexico's largest electric utility is expanding a program aimed at helping low-income customers with their bills in response to record cold temperatures this winter.

Public Service Company of New Mexico says it's making help through the Good Neighbor Fund available to more customers by raising the annual income level a household can have and still be eligible for help.

PNM community relations director Diane Harrison Ogawa says this winter's extreme temperatures have caused problems like busted water pipes and could push up electric bills.

Through the fund, PNM customers who are income-eligible or those who have experienced extreme financial hardship can get help once a year to pay past-due bills up to $140.

Last year, PNM provided more than $800,000 to help nearly 6,500 families throughout New Mexico.

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