EAP money is still available to help households pay
As Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule, administered by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, ends – the PUC and the Minnesota Department of Commerce urge consumers to act immediately to keep the heat on.
Minnesotans know that cold spring days may continue, requiring many households to keep their heat running. For families struggling to make ends meet, the need for heat is an additional cost many households will not be able to bear. Additionally, Minnesota utility customers who utilize the Cold Weather Rule must act now in order to maintain their service. To help, most utilities offer bill payment options, including budget plans that help even out the payment amounts over several months. Customers should contact their utility company for more information. The good news is the Commerce Department’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) has money available and is still accepting applications to help low-income customers pay their energy bills.
The average grant per household is about $500. Customers with incomes less than 50 percent of the state median income ($42,789 for a family of four) may qualify. People have until the program year ends May 31 to apply, however households are served on a first-come-first-served basis while funds last.
A list of local service providers and more information about the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program can be found at http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumers/Heating-Assistance/ or by calling 1-800-657-3710.