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Cold Weather Law

CUSTOMER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
216B.097 Cold Weather Rule
(a) A municipal utility or cooperative electric association must not disconnect and must reconnect the utility service of a resident customer during the period between October 15 and April 15 if the disconnection affects the primary heat source for the residential unit and all of the following conditions are met:

  (1) The household income of the customer is at or below 50 percent of the state median household income. A municipal utility or cooperative electric association utility may (i) verify income on forms it provides or (ii) obtain verification of income from the local energy assistance provider. A customer is deemed to meet the income requirements of this clause if the customer receives any form of public assistance, including energy assistance, which uses an income eligibility threshold set at or below 50 percent of the state median household income.

 

50% of State Median Income
 

Household
Size
Max. Annual
50% of SMI
Max. 3 Month of 50% SMI
1 $24,541 $6,135
2 $32,092 $8,023
3 $39,643 $9,910
4 $47,194 $11,798
5 $54,745 $13,686
6 $62,296 $15,574
7 $63,712 $15,928
8 $65,128 $16,282

  (2) A customer enters into and makes reasonably timely payments under a payment agreement that considers the financial resources of the household.

  (3) A customer receives referrals to energy assistance, weatherization, conservation, or other programs likely to reduce the customer's energy bills.

(b) A municipal utility or a cooperative electric association must, between August 15 and October 15 each year, notify all residential customers of the provisions of this section.

Energy Assistance Providers

   You live in Becker or Mahnomen Counties Contact:

  • Mahube Community Council, PO Box 747, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502, 218-847-1385
  • Mahube Community Council, PO Box 76, Mahnomen, MN 56557, 218-935-5022
  • Energy Assistance Program, 3303 US Hwy 59, Waubun, MN 56589, 218-473-2711
  • Becker County Human Services, 712 Minnesota Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501, 218-847-5628
  • Mahnomen County Social Services, 311 North Main, Mahnomen, MN 56557, 218-935-2568
  • White Earth Nation/Financial Services, PO Box 100, Naytahwaush, MN 56566, 218-935-2359

   You live in Clay County Contact:

  • West Central Minnesota Communities Action Inc., 411 Industrial Park Blvd.
    Elbow Lake, MN 56531, 1-800-492-4805 or 218-685-4486
  • Clay County Social Services, 715 11th Street No., Suite 502, Moorhead, MN 56560, 218-299-5200

   You live in Clearwater County Contact:

  • Clearwater Social Services, PO Box X, Bagley, MN 56621, 218-694-6164

You live in E. Polk County Contact:

  • Inter County Community Council, PO Box 189, Oklee, MN 56742, 218-796-5144 or 888-778-4008
  • Polk County Social Services, 612 N Broadway, Suite 110, Crookston, MN 56716, 218-281-3127

You live in W. Polk or Norman Counties Contact:

  • Norman County Social Services, 152nd Ave E, Ada, MN 56510, 218-784-5400
  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, 1407 Erskine Ave, PO Box 607, Crookston, MN 56716, 866-264-3729 or 218-281-9080.
 
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