COLD WEATHER RULE - CWR
Consumers having problems paying utility bills should contact their energy provider as soon as possible. Minnesota has the "Cold Weather Rule" that prohibits shutoffs from October 15 to April 15. However, you must apply for protection with your utility or the utility does have the right to disconnect your service. Most Minnesota utility companies also offer bill paying options. Contact your utility to learn how to keep your home safe and warm.
The state of Minnesota has several programs for your consideration.
- Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
- Emergency General Assistance Program
- Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Loans
- Energy Rebates and Incentives
Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce website for additional information on each of these programs. https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Golden Rule Building
85 7th Place East
St. Paul, MN 55101
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)provides home heating assistance, crisis prevention, energy-related repairs, energy conservation, emergency assistance and referrals to other programs and services. Household eligibility and assistance amounts are based on both income and actual home heating costs. This program can also assist homeowners with setting up supplier payment plans.
To be eligible, total household income must fall below 50% of the state median income. Applicants with the lowest income and highest heating expense receive the largest grants which can range from 15-75% of home heating bills. In addition to paying part of the home heating bills, this program can assist homeowners with heating system repairs and replacements. Program Staff can assist in setting up budget payment plans with energy suppliers, provide energy conservation education and information, and make referrals to many housing and energy services.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) CONTACT INFORMATION:
Jackson & Cottonwood County
Contact: United Community Action Partnership
1400 South Saratoga Street
Marshall, MN 56258
115 S. Highway
Jackson, MN 56143
Southwestern MN Opportunity Council
1106 3rd Avenue PO Box 787
Worthington, Minnesota 56187-0787
Phone: (800) 658-2444
Fax: (507) 376-3636
APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH & SPANISH
YOU CAN OBTAIN ONE AT THE OFFICE OF:
314 MAIN ST NE POBOX 721
MAPLETON MN 56065