Xcel Energy donates to Wisconsin energy assistance fund

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) — Xcel Energy announced Monday that it has donated $50,000 to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cold fund, a nonprofit that provides energy-related assistance across the state.

“The need for assistance with the COVID-19 pandemic has increased significantly this year with calls to our organization up more than 40% compared to this time last year,” said Tim Bruer, founder and chief spokesperson, Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cold Fund. “We are very grateful for Xcel Energy’s generous donation that will allow us to help those most vulnerable with unmet needs.”

The Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund was established in 1996 and assists thousands of people every year who face situations that create financial challenges. About 95 percent of those helped are elderly, families with young children, people with disabilities and especially veterans.

“During the pandemic, we know that many residents are finding it more difficult to pay their utility bills,” said Mark Stoering, president, Xcel Energy-Wisconsin. “We are dedicated to our customers and the communities we serve, and this donation to is another way we can provide a helping hand to those customers most in need.”

The funds from the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund are distributed to local county and community action energy assistance agencies.

Xcel Energy customers who need help with their energy bills can call 1-800-895-4999 to find out about payment arrangements and available state and federal financial energy assistance programs. For more information about KWWCF, visit: http://www.kwwf.org