CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Energy is increasing benefit amounts under its home fuel assistance program by 60% over last winter for qualifying households because of rising national energy costs.

Benefits will range from $253 to $2,520, up from $158 to $1,575 last winter, Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement Thursday.

“Due to a nationwide spike in energy prices, we are taking steps to help those in need,” he said.

Under the Fuel Assistance Program, benefit amounts are determined based on of factors such as income, household size, housing type, and fuel type.

The program is the New Hampshire arm of the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Earlier this month, the Biden administration said New Hampshire is getting more than $25 million in federal funding in support of LIHEAP.

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