From October 15, 2013, the cold weather rule in Minnesota comes into place. The rule is nothing but just a reminder to all people who have trouble paying energy bills. It states that the cold weather rule will help all residents to not get disconnected with the service during winters. This will further require them to take some steps so that some protection is ensured.
The rule states that from October 15 to April 15, energy to customers is provided so that they do not have any service disconnection. This is brought to residents with a view to not allow disconnection that will further affect the customer’s primary heating source.
The customers who are eligible commit to a monthly payment that will not exceed 10 percent of the total household income. Also in order to avoid disconnection, the customers will receive a notice of proposed disconnection. This will require them to contact the authorities so that a payment plan is committed by them. For residents many private firms are providing the local community energy assistance programs as well when they require one.
The rule is set up to help customers who are unable to pay their gas bill in all respects. It provides customers extra protection and does not completely stop the winter connections. The rule further defines:
- What can be done when one gets a notice of proposed disconnect
- What can be done when you are disconnected from the connection and want reconnection of a gas service?
What happens after a person applies? If one keeps the cold weather rule payment plan then you feel protected from disconnection and will be reconnected if you are already disconnected.
The rule is devised by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. During the aforesaid tenure in winters when one satisfies certain parameters then it is certain that the residential gas service cannot be disconnected at all.
The requirements are as listed under:
- When utility disconnection affects your primary heat source
- Your inability to pay is declared on forms provided by the utility
- If you have a household income which is less than 50 percent of the level of the state median income
- And your account is current for the billing period immediately prior to October 15 or a payment schedule entered into and is current with payments.
Above all if one has trouble paying the utility bill there are local agencies. Such agencies provide assistance in payments and provide suggestions like one can call the county in which one lives.