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Operation Fuel meeting to focus on large demand

October 30, 2011

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn.—The unprecedented demand expected for emergency energy assistance will be the focus of Operation Fuel's annual statewide meeting.

The nonprofit fuel assistance agency and its network of more than 100 fuel banks says it anticipates a greater demand this winter for emergency energy assistance from Connecticut's most vulnerable households, including working families with young children and elderly residents on fixed incomes.

This expected jump in demand comes as Connecticut faces substantial cuts in federal fuel assistance funding.

The state received $115 million last year from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Estimated cuts this year range from $18 million to $70 million.

Advocates for Operation Fuel, the homeless, fuel banks and others are expected to be on hand for Tuesday's meeting at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.