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Sharing a state-by-state breakdown on Friday, the Biden administration is funding an additional $4.5 billion to help cover heating costs for low-income Americans this winter.

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The funding is part of the 1.9 trillion US rescue plan COVID-19 relief package that was passed in 2021 the White House said, This more than doubled the typical annual appropriations for the low-income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP.

The administration said the additional funding represented the largest appropriation in a single year since the program’s inception in 1981.

“These resources are already allowing states across the country to provide more household energy relief to low-income Americans than ever before,” the White House said in a statement.

According to the state allocation breakdown, cold-weather states with higher heating costs generally receive more funding. Minnesota received approximately $274 million in household energy assistance to help families struggling with the cost of home heating. Meanwhile, Texas, which has five times the population, only received $10 million more.

New York state, with a population of less than 20 million people, received just under $876 million, compared to Texas’s 29 million.

FILE – An aerial view of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is featured in a file image dated January 17, 2018. (Photo: Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Image Group via Getty Images)

The White House also announced new commitments from seven major utility companies across the US to guarantee no shutoffs for customers seeking assistance and to help accelerate government aid. Atlantic City Electric, Baltimore Gas & Electric, ComEd, Delmarva Power, Pacific Gas & Electric, PECO and Pepco were named under the new commitments.

According to White, seven other major utility companies made similar pledges late last year, including DTE Energy, Eversource, Green Mountain Power, National Grid, Northwestern Energy, Portland General Electric and Vermont Gas, as well as the Distributed Fuels Trade Association. NEFI included. House.

Electricity and natural gas prices are up about 11% from a year ago, according to the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index. According to the Energy Information Administration, residential heating oil prices are up about 40% from a year ago.

The range of increase has eased in recent months as wholesale heating oil prices were roughly at the start of October.

The additional government funding is to help cushion the shock of high winter energy costs. But Republican lawmakers have said the overall relief package, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March, has caused high levels of inflation by pumping too much money into the economy.

This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press contributed.