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Heating Moratorium Ends April 16

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 -- 7:09 AM

State officials remind consumers the heating moratorium is ending on April 16.

The Public Service Commission encourages consumers to contact their local utility to arrange a payment plan for any outstanding bills, or to contact DOA?s Home Energy Plus program for financial assistance if they are a low-income household.

State rules prohibit utilities from disconnecting consumers between November 1 and April 15 for nonpayment of utility bills due to Wisconsin?s cold climate. After April 16, utilities are not required to provide service to customers who are behind on their bills. To avoid disconnection, customers who have fallen behind in payments are encouraged to contact their local utility to set up a payment plan.

For residents with a household income at or below 60 percent of the state median income level, $47,485 for a family of four, heating assistance is available. Residents can apply for assistance through county social service offices, tribal governments and private non-profit agencies.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.