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Minnesota Power is pleased to offer the CARE program, which offers income-qualified households a discount on monthly electric bills. The CARE program is administered by the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) on behalf of Minnesota Power, through which CARE eligible households can lower their energy costs with a discounted rate, establish a budget payment plan, and get help paying overdue balances.

Program year runs from October 1 through September 30.

To apply:

  1. Complete your LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) application with your local energy assistance provider.
  2. Complete the CARE program application.
  3. First-time applicants are encouraged to complete the "Your Home Energy Report" survey on the application within 12 months of enrollment.
  4. Submit your completed CARE program application and "Your Home Energy Report" to CARE@aeoa.org.

Once enrolled you will remain enrolled unless you are no longer LIHEAP qualified.

What You Will Pay:

This chart shows your estimated monthly billing amounts and savings under the CARE program. (Effective Jan. 1, 2014)

CARE Monthly Billing Amounts chart

* Estimated monthly billing amounts include all items on bills (e.g., fuel adjustment, cost recovery rider adjustments, etc.) except sales taxes and municipal franchise fees.

The forms may be completed online (link above), over the phone by calling AEOA at 218-748-7309 or 1-800-662-5711, ext. 7309, or in person at a local AEOA Agency Office.

AEOA Central Office
702 3rd Ave S
Virginia, MN 55792

Income Requirements


Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates
10-01-2014 to 09-30-2015
Heating Assistance


Household Size Annual 3-Month
1 $23,354 $5,838
2 $30,540 $7,635
3 $37,726 $9,431
4 $44,912 $11,228
5 $52,098 $13,024
6 $59,284 $14,821
7 $60,631 $15,157
8 $61,979 $15,494
9 $63,326 $15,831
10 $64,673 $16,168
11 $66,021 $16,505
12 $67,368 $16,842
13 $68,715 $17,178
14* $70,895 $17,723
15* $75,361 $18,840
16* $79,827 $19,956
17* $84,293 $21,073
18* $88,759 $22,189
19* $93,225 $23,306
20* $97,691 $24,422

Based on 50% of State Median Income or *110% of Federal Poverty, whichever is greater

Other Information

  • Stay Warm Minnesota
  • Energy Assistance Hotline (1-800-657-3710)
  • First Call for Help at United Way (simply dial 211)

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