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Energy Assistance

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Energy bills are set to go up, and there's one issue that seems to arise because of it--affordability.

Ward County Social Services thinks more people will be coming through its doors for their energy assistance program.

The program is run by the state, and has a set-capped budget, meaning the most deserving applications get help with electric, propane, and other miscellaneous cost.

(Holly Keaveny, Supervisor Energy Assistance) "So when someone comes in and applies we look at their income, how many bedrooms there are, how many are in the household, and then depending on the income the state will pay a percent of their heat bills."

Keaveny says in the years since the 20-11 flood they have served about half as many people in Minot, but thinks that this year they will increase once again.

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