Click on the image to the right for a printable brochure on Minnesota's Cold Weather Law and an Application for Disconnection Protection and a Third Party Notification Form.
Minnesota law provides that a utility, such as Lyon-Lincoln Electric, must not disconnect the utility service of a residential customer if a member of a household has been issued orders into active military duty, for deployment, or for a permanent change in duty station during active duty, provided that the customer enters into an agreement with the utility to make payments toward his or her utility bill.
Depending on income, two payment options exist under the law. They include:
The law provides for income verification, which may be conducted by the local energy assistance provider or Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative, unless the customer is automatically eligible for protection against disconnection as a recipient of any form of public assistance, including energy assistance, which uses income eligibility standards as stated above.
If you desire to seek the protections provided by this law, you must contact the Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative Billing Clerk at 507-247-5505 or 800-927-6276 to discuss verification of military status, household income and an appropriate payment schedule, or download an application form to complete.
The law provides for an appeal process if the utility and the customer are unable to agree on the establishment, reasonableness or modification of any payment schedule, or on the reasonable timeliness of payments made. If the customer appeals, the law provides that his or her service will not be disconnected during the appeal process.
If you need help paying your electric utility bill, you may qualify for state or federal fuel assistance. For complete qualification and application information, contact your local county welfare or community/citizen’s action council listed below. These organizations may also provide budget counseling.
719 7th Street—Suite 302
PO Box 159
Montevideo, MN 56265
Lincoln County Courthouse
319 N Rebecca Street
PO Box 44
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
1400 S Saratoga Street
Marshall, MN 56258
607 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258