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Money secured for Ky. energy assistance program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Additional money has been secured to help low-income people pay for their home heating costs in eastern Kentucky.

Attorney General Jack Conway says his Office of Rate Intervention helped obtain nearly $50,000 for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The extra money comes from a settlement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Constellation Energy Commodities Group over Constellation's alleged manipulation of the wholesale energy market.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission assisted Conway's office in determining the amount of money that Kentucky was due as a result of the settlement. Kentucky's share was paid this month to Community Action Kentucky and distributed to five community action agencies.

The funds will assist eligible households in paying heating costs in the 20-county service territory affected by the settlement.