Energy assistance available

Published 9:27 pm Friday, October 19, 2018

Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers to check their eligibility for energy assistance as the winter heating season approaches, according to a press release. Applications for energy assistance are now being accepted by Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program.

To apply for energy assistance, residents must contact the EAP provider in the county where they live to receive an application. Along with a completed application, residents must provide:

• Proof of income for each household member for the past three months.

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• A copy of their last heating bill and last electric bill.

• A copy of their most recent fuel receipt, which only applies to residents who use delivered fuel to heat their home.

A list of energy assistance agencies in the Minnesota Energy Resources service area is available on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website or by calling 800-657-3710. Customers with questions about energy bills or payment options should contact Minnesota Energy Resources at 800-889-9508.

Energy assistance is based on household income levels, and residents do not need to be behind on energy bills to receive a grant. EAP guidelines are updated annually, and additional residents may qualify for energy assistance due to adjustments to eligibility levels.

An application for energy assistance through the EAP also is used to determine a resident’s eligibility for the Department of Commerce’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Minnesota Energy Resources’ customers who have received an EAP grant may also be able to receive assistance through the company’s Gas Affordability Program, which is administered by The Salvation Army. Applications for the Gas Affordability Program can be found on the Minnesota Energy Resources website.

The EAP, a service administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, helps qualifying residents with home heating costs, emergency repair or replacement of faulty heating systems, and energy efficiency. Assistance provided by the EAP is made through one-time grants.