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Group wants MEAG money to help elderly, poor

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany group wants a $90-Million windfall to help people in need. The consolidated economic development corporation and the NAACP want credits issued to the Water, Gas and light commission to help customers cut their utility bills.

They say one way to do that is to provide low income customers with more efficient light bulbs and help them get insulation and energy efficient appliances. That would reduce the amount of electricity those homes used, and the amount WG&L had to purchase, which would benefit all customers.

William Wright said, "It's the best program we can think of. It's the most cost effective. It is the most doable and it's the easiest program and it's the most sensitive program. This should not be a city for the rich and powerful. It should take into consideration those that need the help the most." The city is expected to receive about 9-Million dollars a year from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia for the next 10 years in credits.

It's to be split into thirds between the city... WG&L... and a trust account. How to spend the money hasn't been finalized.

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