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Georgia PSC approves low-income heating assistance

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved spending $10 million to help low-income and older people pay their heating bills.

The $10 million is coming from the universal service fund that Atlanta Gas Light draws from to extend pipelines to where homes and businesses are being built.

The PSC asked AGL to curb its 2012 project request to ensure that the money would be available.

The federal government cut the amount of money it gives to Georgia's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to $42 million from $84 million in 2010. Those eligible could sign up for assistance by Nov. 1, but by that time the money had run out.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/t5MV5n ) that eligible consumers can receive up to $160.