Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 | 3:41 p.m.
Nevada Power Company announced today that it has increased its energy assistance funding by $100,000 this year, in part thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Harrah's Foundation.
The program, which is administered by the United Way of Southern Nevada, will give away $500,000 this year, including the new funding.
Project REACH (Relief through Energy Assistance to prevent Customer Hardships) helps pay electric bills for vulnerable adults over the age of 62 years, the medically fragile, military reservists and National Guard members who meet the income guidelines.
“We are thrilled and grateful that Harrah’s is joining us this year to help customers in need,” said Michael Yackira, president and CEO of Sierra Pacific Resources, parent company of Nevada Power, in a statement. “We understand that utility bills can be a hardship for customers in light of the high cost of natural gas, the fuel used to produce most of our electricity. It’s partnerships like these that enable us to most effectively address and help reduce some of the challenges facing our community.”
For more information, visit nevadapower.com/help or call 402-5200.