Murkowski Welcomes $15 Million to Address Alaska’s Energy Cost Challenges

Federal Government Releases LIHEAP Funds to Provide Heating Bill Relief

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski welcomed the announcement that over $15 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are headed to the state to help Alaskans with their home heating bills. Starting today, $9,179,392 will be distributed through the DHHS Division of Public Assistance, as well as $6,535,606 to Native tribes or tribal associations, listed below.

“Winter is rapidly approaching and in some parts of Alaska it has already arrived. A main concern for many Alaskans continues to be the ever-rising cost to heat their homes. These LIHEAP funds are a crucial supplement for those who face the highest energy prices in the nation,” said Murkowski. “While I welcome LIHEAP funds, as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee I will continue to work to tackle high rural costs in our state so that Alaskans no longer need to rely on these dollars.”

Over 11,000 Alaskan households benefitted from the LIHEAP program in 2014. For more information on qualifying details, click here.

Here is a list of funds and funding levels to Alaska Native tribes and associations.

Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association


Aniak Traditional Council


Association of Village Council Presidents


Bristol Bay Native Association


Chuathbaluk Traditional Council


Cook Inlet


Kenaitze Indian Tribe


Kodiak Area Native Association


Orutsararmuit Native Council


Seldovia Village


Tanana Chiefs Conference


Tlingit & Haida Central Council


Yakutat Tlingit Tribe