We’ve seen a very rapid spike in propane costs for Minnesota, so state officials and federal officials are taking several steps to alleviate the problem. I have heard from several of you and have passed my concerns on to state leaders. We will hopefully see relief soon. There has been additional financial assistance made eligible for Minnesotans currently heating their homes with propane and heating oil. In addition, Minnesota will receive funding from the federal government for assistance and a State of Emergency has been declared to address the shortage.
Financial assistance is available through Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP), with additional payments available as early as next week. Households with an income less than 50 percent of the state median income ($43,642 for a family of four) may qualify.
There’s also newly-created hotline operating Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm for Minnesotans who have questions about the current propane situation or who are in danger of running out of heating fuel. Call 1-800-657-3504 for assistance.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
To find a list of local service providers and information on applying for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program, you can call 1-800-657-3710 or visit the Energy Assistance section of the Division of Energy Resources website.
Please check on neighbors periodically who rely on propane fuel for heat and also be careful not to use outdoor heating devices indoors due to the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Stay safe and let me know if I can be of assistance.