Notice of Residential Customer Rights
EFFECTIVE: OCTOBER 1 THRU APRIL 30 ONLY
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has issued Cold Weather Rule (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 216B.097) as published by the Minnesota Legislative Session Law 2021.
The purpose of this notice is to inform you of your rights and responsibilities under the Cold Weather rule. The rule provides that from October 1 to April 30, Owatonna Public Utilities (OPU) cannot disconnect a residential customer for non-payment if you enter into, and keep current, a mutually agreed upon Payment Agreement. If you choose not to assert your right or enter into a Payment Agreement, your service may be disconnected.
OPU PLEDGES to explain available payment plans and negotiate, in good faith, Payment Agreements with ALL RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS taking into consideration the financial resources and/or extenuating circumstances of the household to avoid disconnection of utility services for non-payment between October 1 and April 30.
Please contact OPU immediately if you are unable to pay your utility bill and/or have received a notice of disconnection. Applications for Energy Assistance can be obtained, and Payment Agreements can be made, by calling OPU at 507-451-2480, press 3.
You may designate a third party to discuss your account with OPU on your behalf.
Where Can You Receive Financial Assistance?
If you need help paying your gas or electric heating bills, you may qualify for state or federal assistance. For complete qualifications and application information, contact the SEMCAC – Fuel Assistance office via their website or by phone at 1-800-944-3281.
Other organizations that may be able to assist you are:
- The Salvation Army Heat Share Program – 1-800-842-7279
- St. Vincent DePaul – 507-676-5508
Local Agency for Weatherization Services:
- Semcac Weatherization – 800-944-3207