Minnesota Department of Commerce expands Energy Assistance Program so 100,000 more households are eligible

April 27, 2021 

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has taken action so more Minnesotans can get help on their heating bills, to best serve the urgent needs of Minnesotans affected by COVID-related economic hardships, as well as those facing higher utility bills due to the natural gas price spike in February 2021.  

An estimated additional 100,000 Minnesota households are newly eligible for Energy Assistance, through Commerce’s action to raise income eligibility. Commerce also extended the time to apply, so Minnesotans can now apply for Energy Assistance through September 1, 2021.

Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, administered by Commerce, helps households pay energy bills, get reconnected or prevent utility disconnection, learn about energy efficiency and safety, and repair or replace homeowners’ broken heating systems. The program is available to people who rent or own their homes. In addition, people who apply for the Energy Assistance Program may qualify for free home improvements that lower energy costs through the weatherization program, which provides home energy upgrades at no cost to the homeowner or renter, to lower their energy costs by conserving energy.