Energy assistance crisis benefits double, still time to apply

Minnesota’s Energy Assistance will double the crisis benefits for recipients struggling with heating costs during February’s bitter cold.

According to a release, the annual crisis benefit was increased from $600 to $1,200, and can be used for covering past-due bills, disconnections and emergency fuel deliveries.

There is still time to apply for energy assistance, and for those who already receive assistance, there may be more benefits available.

To learn more about energy assistance, BiCAP (for Beltrami and Cass County residents) has more information on their website.

For other counties, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has information on their website.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, which oversees the state’s energy assistance program, said they and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission are also investigating the impacts of the natural gas price spike.

“No one should have to choose between heating their home and buying food or other essentials because of February’s frigid temperatures.  That’s why we’re doubling the heating crisis support for families,” said Commerce Department Temporary Commissioner Grace Arnold.

“In addition, if you are a household experiencing an energy emergency, the local service providers and the Commerce Department may be able to provide you even more financial assistance.

“The Department of Commerce is also investigating utilities’ natural gas purchases and looking at ways to lessen the impact of unexpected natural gas cost increases.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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