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RELEASE: Kresha: Cold Weather Rule season underway

Monday, October 19, 2015

LITTLE FALLS, MN—Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, is reminding constituents about the start of what's known as Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule which can help families struggling to make energy payments keep their heat on between October 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016.

Under state law, utilities are required to issue a notice of disconnection and provide payment plan options to stop a disconnection if a family falls behind on payments. Utilities can also connect families with additional resources including local energy assistance programs and low or no-cost tips for improving energy conservation.

"If a family is struggling to make ends meet and can't afford to heat their home, help is available," Kresha said. "There are a variety of options to help keep your home warm in the coldest months of the year even during a financial crisis, and I hope anyone who has questions will contact my office so I can help provide additional information."

Under the Cold Weather Rule, customers can still have their heat disconnected if a payment plan agreement cannot be reached once the required process, including any appeals, has taken place.

Other resources including Energy Assistance, the Gas Affordability Program, and the Low Income Electric Rate Discount Program are available. Constituents are encouraged to contact their natural gas or electric company for more information on additional discounts.

Full details can be found on the Minnesota Public Utilties Commission website at www.mn.gov/puc/consumers/shut-off-protection.jsp.

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