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Energy assistance available to Minnesotans

WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently announced the state will receive $73 million in energy assistance for low-income Minnesotans that cannot afford heating costs over the winter months. The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program will administer the program for Minnesota residents that are eligible.

Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, encourages residents to apply for funding if they may have difficulty affording heating costs. He stated, "The EAP is a key program to help low-income families, seniors, and the disabled afford high heating costs and stay in their homes during these difficult economic times. I hope to get the word out to everyone that may be eligible in our district."

While $73 million from the federal government is less than what Minnesota has received in previous years, there is a possibility that additional funds will be provided depending on the severity of the winter. Customers with 50 percent or less of the state median income -- $43,050 for a family of four -- may qualify.

Those who qualify must apply for assistance with the local service provider in their area. A list of local service providers and more information about this program can be found on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website link attached here. You may also call the Minnesota Department of Commerce by dialing 1-800-657-3710.