November 13, 2008 at 12:00 AM EST

Additional Low Income Energy Assistance for Customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

WASHINGTON, Nov 13, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Gas is informing the public that the federal government has released $5.1 billion to states for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. This is more than double the amount of annual funding previously available to energy customers.

-- The District of Columbia will receive $16.2 million. Last year, the District received $7.3 million in LIHEAP funding. For more information, call the District of Columbia Department of the Environment at 311 or 202-673-6750. You may also visit and click on Energy Assistance.

-- Maryland will receive $109 million. Last year, Maryland received $36 million in LIHEAP funding. For more information, contact the local Maryland Department of Social Services in your county or visit

-- Virginia will receive $128 million. Last year, Virginia received $44 million in LIHEAP funding. For more information, contact your local Department of Social Services or the Statewide Human Services Information and Referral Line at (800) 230-6977 or visit


Customers should call Washington Gas at 703.750.1000 for special programs offered by Washington Gas.

About Washington Gas

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Washington Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL). In addition to Washington Gas, the parent company holds a group of energy-related retail businesses which consist of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a third-party marketer that competitively sells natural gas and electricity and Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a provider of design-build energy efficiency solutions to government and commercial clients.

Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on its Web site, Go to for more information about Washington Gas.

SOURCE: Washington Gas

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