By Mellany Armstrong 12:52pm, February 21, 2013 - Updated 4:07pm, February 21, 2013
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.More than 700 Delawareans will get help with paying their air-conditioning bill this summer because of a settlement check.
The Delaware Energy Assistance Program will use more than $86,000 to defray electric bills. Anne Farley is director of the Division of State Service Centers.
"We've not had ample funds in our summer program, so we'll be able to use these funds and plan for the summer to serve an additional 350 households," she said.
Richele Vible of Catholic Charities in Delaware says paying for cooling is just as important as helping people with heating bills.
"We work primarily with the elderly and the disabled who are most vulnerable and most at-risk when heat and humidity get very high," she said.
"Thinking now about people dealing with the sweltering heat in the summer, but we all know that can happen in Delaware, and if you don't have the ability to keep cool, it can be very dangerous," said Governor Markell.
The money comes from a $110 million settlement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Constellation Energy Commodities Group. More than 20,000 families need energy assistance each year in Delaware.
For more information, call the Delaware Help Line at 211.
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