The energy assistance program is a godsend for me. I stretch my Social Security check as far as I can but it would never cover the cost of heating fuel. I appreciate it beyond words.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) ensures that households with the lowest incomes and the highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit. EAP services include:
- Financial aid to pay a portion of heating costs.
- Crisis intervention for threat of or no heat situations.
- Energy Related Repair for home heating system repair or replacement
- Referral to Weatherization and other human service providers.
Use chart below to find out if you are eligible for Federal Fiscal Year 2017 assistance.
Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates 10-01-2016 to 09-30-2017
The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past 3 months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year's federal tax forms for self-employment income for making eligibility determination.
* Based on 50% of State Median Income or 110% of Federal Poverty, whichever is greater.
Purpose of Program - Outcome for clients:
To assist income eligible clients with their heating and/or electric costs. Service provided includes: monetary grant paid directly to clients heating and or electric accounts.
Income eligible client who completes application.
Any home owner or renter with a heating and or electric bill, living in Goodhue, Olmsted, Rice, or Wabasha counties.
Applications can be sent out via mail or can be download from this website.
- 2016-2017 application period is October 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017.
For more information:
A great source for energy information is the Minnesota Department of Commerce-Energy website. Some of the topics on the web site include: Clean Energy, Conservation Improvement Programs, Energy Projects and Rates, Efficiency, and Financial Assistance. The Information Resources page includes tips about how to save energy in your home, frequently asked questions on energy-related topics, and step-by-step guides to help you reduce the energy use in your home.
Funding for this program provided by Federal Low Income Home and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Funds.