Jan. 21--The Maryland Public Service Commission awarded $7 million Friday to Baltimore City-run energy programs.
The awards come from the Customer Investment Fund created by the commission as part of Exelon Corp.'s 2012 acquisition of Constellation Energy Group Inc.
As a condition of the deal, Exelon was required to invest $113.5 million in an interest-bearing fund that would support energy programs in the service area of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which had been part of Constellation.
The $7 million disbursed Friday is the remainder of the fund.
The final awards went to five city-run energy programs, all which have previously received support from the fund:
--Retrofits and Upgrades, a loan and grant program to allow organizations and businesses that serve low-income residents to make energy efficiency upgrades, received $2.25 million.
--Energy Efficiency, which helps residents upgrade to energy efficient light bulbs and thermostats, received $1.9 million.
--Energy Efficiency Plus, which provides weatherization services, received $1.3 million.
--Energy Assistance, which helps residents at risk of having their power shut off pay overdue utility bills, received $1 million.
--Baltimore Energy Challenge, an energy savings education program, received $550,000.
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