Xcel Energy Customers

The POWER On and Gas Affordability Program (GAP) offers low-income households in Minnesota the opportunity to receive a discount on a portion of their monthly electric bill (through the POWER On program) and monthly gas bill (through the Gas Affordability program). The discount will be based on household income and on how much energy you use. If you have a past due bill with Xcel Energy, POWER On and GAP will help with a monthly credit toward your past due bill too. 

To qualify, customers must first receive a grant from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the current heating season.  For more information about the Energy Assistance Program and to find the service provider for your area,  click here.

Here’s how the POWER On & Gas Affordability program works:

  • Based on your household income, you will be required to pay a set amount each month for your electricity and/or natural gas service.
  • Each time you make your payment by your due date, Xcel Energy will apply your POWER On/GAP discount to your bill.

To participate in the POWER On & Gas Affordability program, certain program rules apply:

  • You must pay your monthly Xcel Energy bill on time. If you fall behind on your payments, you will be removed from the program and ineligible to reapply until the next calendar year. You may be subject to service disconnection, as well.
  • You must receive Energy Assistance program funds for the current heating season.

To apply for the program, you must submit an application to the Energy CENTS Coalition. Click Here to download the application, or call our office at 651-774-9010 to have an application mailed to you.

The POWER On and Gas Affordability Program (GAP) is offered by Xcel Energy and is administered by the Energy CENTS Coalition. 

Enrollment is offered on a first-come first-served basis.  Program funding is limited.  

POWER ON Program Status

Closed - We have reached capacity for participation and are no longer accepting applications for help with electric bills.  Check back the 2nd week of each month to see if we are able to open the program at that time.  We will not be opening the program in July.

 Households currently served: 9,179


Gas Affordability Program Status

Open - We are accepting applications for help with gas bills

Households currently served: 7,028


Medical Electric Affordability Program

Open - We are accepting application for help with electric bills if you have a medical form on file with Xcel Energy.  

Households currently served: 1,255


 POWER On/GAP Application