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Laclede Gas supports Governor Blunt's funding of State

January 10, 2007

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 10, 2007 – Laclede Gas Company announced today that it strongly supports Missouri Governor Matt Blunt’s decision to seek $7 million in state funding for Utilicare, the state’s program to help low-income, disabled and elderly Missourians pay their winter heating bills.

“I am pleased that Governor Blunt and the Missouri General Assembly have continued their endorsement of Utilicare by proposing to fully fund the program,” said Douglas H. Yaeger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Laclede Gas. “We believe that such funding would be extremely helpful and provide a valuable complement to our own existing programs for aiding customers who need assistance with their utility bills, including our low-income energy assistance and low-income weatherization programs. We want to thank our customers as well for their continuing and generous contributions to the Dollar-Help program that also provides invaluable help to our most vulnerable customers.”

In January of 2006, the Missouri legislature approved Blunt’s effort to provide $6.1 million in Utilicare funding – the first funding for the program since 2001.

Eligible customers can sign up for Utilicare and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assistance through local community action agencies. LIHEAP is a federal program with allocations made to states to assist with utility costs, while Utilicare is authorized by state statute.

Laclede Gas is Missouri’s largest natural gas distribution company, serving customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri.

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