Minnesota emergency energy delivery program gets boost ahead of blizzard

The Department of Commerce is doubling the funding available for those that qualify for fuel deliveries during events like the coming blizzard.

A house's chimney.
Jay Dahl / WDAY News.

MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Emergency Energy Delivery Program is getting a boost just in time for the upcoming blizzard.

The available funding is being doubled by the Department of Commerce from $1,500 to $3,000 for the grant that allows qualified households to get energy sources like propane or oil fuel delivered to them if their supply drops below 20% during an event like a blizzard.

The grant is a part of Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program, which helps individuals who qualify financially pay their energy and water bills.

Andrea Goeden is the regional director for the Energy Assistance Program in the northwestern part of the state with West Central Minnesota Communities Action, which serves Clay County.

She said this should make a big difference for those who already used up their grant earlier this winter.


"Coming before the big storm, that's probably a blessing for those who have already exhausted their crisis funds, just knowing that there is going to be that extra cushion for them," Goeden said.

Goeden also encourages those using the program to do their best to clear their fuel tanks of snow if they'll be needing assistance during the blizzard.

The boost to the grant will end at the end of the current heating season on May 31.

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