Energy Assistance

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.

Eligibility Guidelines

Use chart below to find out if you are eligible for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 assistance.

Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates 10-01-2015 to 09-30-2016

Household
Size
Annual3-month
1$23,949$5,987
2$31,318$7,829
3$38,687$9,671
4$46,056$11,514
5$53,424$13,356
6$60,793$15,198
7$62,175$15,543
8$63,557$15,889
9$64,938$16,234
10$66,320$16,580
11$67,702$16,925
12$69,083$17,270

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.

Eligibility:

Income eligible client who completes application.

Who:

Any home owner or renter with a heating and or electric bill, living in Goodhue, Olmsted, Rice, or Wabasha counties.

Where:

Applications can be sent out via mail or can be download from this website.

Time Frame:

  • 2015-2016 application period is October 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016.

Apply

2015-2016 applications will be available soon.  Check back again.

For more information:

507-732-8554

Energy 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.