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Vectren Participates In The Fourth Annual Utility Scam Awareness Day On November 20

first_img Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, will join Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) to recognize the fourth annual Utility Scam Awareness Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Utility Scam Awareness Day is part of the week-long National Scam Awareness Week, an advocacy and awareness campaign focused on educating customers and exposing the tactics used by scammers.UUAS, a consortium of more than 140 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural gas utilities and their respective trade associations, has helped to create awareness of common and new scam tactics and to cease operations of nearly 5,000 toll-free numbers used against utility customers by scammers.It is not uncommon for scammers to call, text or email utility customers asking for immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. As a reminder, utilities will never send a single notification to a customer within one hour of a service interruption, and they never will ask their customers to make payments with a pre-paid debit card, gift card or any form of cryptocurrency.“Vectren partners with UUAS to keep our customers educated and aware of possible scam activity,” said Lynnae Wilson, chief business officer, Indiana Electric. “It’s important to remember that anyone can fall victim to a utility impostor scam, and we encourage any customer approached with what they believe to be a scam to contact Vectren immediately.”Vectren continues to work with law enforcement, other utilities and the media as well as the Better Business Bureau to denounce scams. If customers receive a phone call they believe to be fraudulent, local law enforcement should also be contacted. Customers can call 1-800-227-1376 to reach Vectren’s contact center.Visit www.utilitiesunited.org for more information and tips about how customers can protect themselves from utility impostor scams and follow along with UUAS on Twitter and Facebook. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

U.S. Banks Resume Lending to Coal Industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The New York Times:Starting three years ago, the largest American banks vowed to cut back on lending to the coal industry.But the banks, it turns out, never actually promised to walk away from coal completely. And now, with coal companies enjoying a small resurgence under the Trump administration, banks are again embracing the industry.Five of the country’s biggest banks are lending tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to coal companies again, in one case eclipsing what they lent in 2014, before the industry entered a nose dive, according to an analysis by Rainforest Action Network, a liberal environmental group.JPMorgan’s coal lending increased to $654 million 2017 from $32 million in 2015, according to the analysis. That was more than the $570 million the bank lent to coal interests in 2014. The vast majority of JPMorgan’s coal loans in 2017 were to Peabody, which emerged from bankruptcy that April.Morgan Stanley’s coal loans, though well below their 2014 levels, more than doubled from 2015 to 2017. And though their loans to coal companies haven’t quite reached earlier levels, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America each added new coal loans last year, the analysis shows. Citigroup made more such loans in 2016 and 2017 than it did in 2015, though well below its 2014 figure.Combined, the five banks issued about $1.5 billion in new coal-related loans last year, according to Rainforest Action Network.More: Think the Big Banks Have Abandoned Coal? Think Again U.S. Banks Resume Lending to Coal Industrylast_img read more

Major Advocates Agree that the Unification of Health and Human Service Agencies is a Change for the Good.

first_img Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog As Governor Wolf has said many times, change is hard and people are understandably wary of it.That suspicion of change has been true at times when talking about the proposed unification of the departments of Health, Human Services, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs into the Department of Health and Human Services.It is understandable that people may worry that the services they are accustomed to receiving won’t be available or may be more difficult to access. Some critics feel people will fall through the cracks, services will be diminished, programs undervalued and people underserved.Over the past months, Governor Wolf has worked closely with each of the four departments to ensure that doesn’t happen, and to identify and break down silos and reimagine how we deliver critical health and human services that benefit all Pennsylvanians, but especially seniors, people with disabilities and those recovering from substance abuse disorder.The work has been tireless and will bring about change. And now, major advocates for seniors, people with disabilities, and health and human services organizations are rallying around this change. Change for the good.The recent announcement of a robust group of interested – and vocal – advocates’ endorsement of the unification is more than a vote of confidence for this important step to streamline services. It’s a stamp of approval for an initiative that has been carefully thought out and refined to meet the needs of many.These groups include: Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (RCPA), The Arc of Pennsylvania, The Alliance of PA Councils, PA Health Access Network (PHAN), Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A), Pennsylvania Homecare Association, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, Equality Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association – Greater PA Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley Chapter, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR).“Having the support of this broad coalition of senior and human services advocates strengthens my administration’s efforts to break down silos, increase government efficiency, and listen across party lines and ideologies to develop a practical solution of integrating these vital human services agencies into one unified Department of Health and Human Services. I applaud these organizations for sharing their ideas as we move through this process and for their support as we make the new department a reality for the people of Pennsylvania. I am grateful to this group for their contribution and that of the General Assembly and the many people at DDAP, DHS, Health and Aging who are working tirelessly to make this change an easy one for many.” – Governor Tom WolfFor more information on the HHS unification and a complete list of endorsement statements, visit governor.pa.gov/hhs. By: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning Major Advocates Agree that the Unification of Health and Human Service Agencies is a Change for the Good. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET June 20, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more