Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) will help with paying utility bills and home heating bills. Households that have the lowest incomes and that also have the highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit.
Services provided include:
Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy saving as well as conservation methods to lower the cost of home utility and heating bills by an estimated percent.
Services available include:
Energy Saving Programs
Low income families may be able to receive energy saving improvements, such as insulation, caulking, storm windows, doors, energy saving light bulbs, and other improvements.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Council (Virginia)
Bi-County Community Action ( Bemidji )
Dakota County Community Development Agency
Inter-County Community Action Council (Oklee)
Kooch-Itasca Action Council ( Grand Rapids )
Lakes & Pines CAA (Mora)
Mahube Community Council ( Detroit Lakes )
Northwest Community Action Agency (Badger)
Ottertail-Wadena CAC ( New York Mills)
Minnesota Valley Action Council ( Mankato )
Prairie Five Community Action Council ( Montevideo )
Scott Carver Dakota CAP (Shakopee)
Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council ( Worthington )
Three Rivers Community Action (Zumbrota)
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council (Crookston)
Western Community Action ( Marshall )
Grants from LIHEAP
Low income families in Minnesota can receive financial assistance, cash grants, and other aid from the low income home energy assistance program. Most of the funds go to seniors, the disabled, and families with children. Cash grants are also focused on paying heating and utility bills during the cold winter months. Click here for more on Minnesota LIHEAP.
Alliant Energy - This Minnesota based energy provider provides assistance to customers such as the disabled, seniors, and people facing a crisis. The Hometown Care Energy Fund is for exceptional circumstances only, and the assistance for paying utility bills is very limited. More information.
CenterPoint Energy - Gas Affordability Program will provide a credit on heating and utility bills, and there is also a component that will help families catch up on old, unpaid utility bills. More.
HeatShare - This assistance program will assist with paying heating bills, no matter what the fuel source is. In addition, it can assist with emergency home repairs, such as furnace or hot water heaters. Read more HeatShare utility assistance.
Great Plains Natural Gas - A weatherization program is offered to Minnesota families.
Xcel Energy - Low income families may receive a 50% discount on their utility bills. Learn more.
Otter Tail Power Company - The House Therapy Program is a utility bill assistance program that will provide a free energy audit and also ways to save on energy bills through improvements.
Reach Out for Warmth (ROFW) - Provides furnace repairs and replacement, and also assist with emergency energy bill crisis and proving cash assistance. More on Minnesota Reach Out for Warmth.
Agralite Electric Cooperative, Benco Electric Cooperative, Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, Minnesota Valley Cooperative, Light and Power Association, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
All of these companies offer Operation Round Up, which is a program that will assist Minnesota families with energy bills, and other emergency aid.