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Laclede Gas Supports Governor Blunt's Funding of State's Utilicare Program

December 03, 2007

ST. LOUIS, MO, December 3, 2007 – Laclede Gas Company announced today that it strongly supports Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's decision to seek $6.4 million in state funding for Utilicare, the state's program to help low-income, disabled and elderly Missourians pay their winter heating bills, and to appropriate $5.2 million in existing funds to crisis energy assistance.

"I am pleased that Governor Blunt has proposed to fully fund the Utilicare program for the third year in a row, and redirect existing funds to provide crisis energy assistance to the state's most vulnerable customers," said Douglas H. Yaeger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Laclede Gas. "We believe that such funding is extremely helpful and will 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 needy customers." 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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