Energy Assistance

The Energy Assistance Program application for the June 1, 2013 – May 30, 2014 program year is now available. Households that received Energy Assistance last year will automatically receive an application in the mail. Households that have moved may call 1-800-944-3281 to request an application or click on the link below for a printable application and instructions.

Income Guidelines

Household Size Households’ last 3 months of income at or below:
1 $6,808
2 $8,903
3 $10,997
4 $13,092
5 $15,187
6 $17,282
7 $17,675
8 $18,067
9 $18,460
10 $18,853


Energy Assistance Application


The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program administered through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The program provides financial assistance to help with household winter heating bills. Both homeowners and renters may apply. A household must complete the application process to determine eligibility and the amount of their utility assistance. Financial assistance payments are made directly to the household’s utility company.

Qualification and calculations for the amount of program assistance  is determined by:

  • the household income
  • the number of household members
  • the amount of energy use in the home

Verification of the last three months of household income is needed to apply. Income guidelines are 50% of the State of Minnesota Median Income—these are shown in the table to the right.

The Energy Assistance Program also provides

  • Education to consumers regarding home energy efficiency and safety.
  • Automatic application to Semcac’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
  • Crisis help for utility disconnections or necessary fuel deliveries
  • Emergency heating system repair or replacement.

To receive assistance a household must apply for the Energy Assistance Program.  Call 1-800-944-3281 for an application, or use our Semcac Message Center