Cold Weather Rule ended as of March 31

The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ended Saturday, March 31. That means Kansans who are behind on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service unless they contact their utility company to make payment arrangements.

The Cold Weather Rule is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31 each year under the Kansas Corporation Commission’s jurisdiction.

The Cold Weather Rule requires regulated utilities to set up 12-month payment plans for customers who cannot afford to pay their full bill.

As part of this arrangement, the customer must make an initial payment of 1/12 of the overdue amount, 1/12 of the bill for current service, the full amount of any disconnection or reconnection fees, plus any applicable deposit owed to the utility.

The balance is billed in equal payments over the next 11 months in addition to the regular monthly bill.

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