Minnesota Cold Weather Rule
NEW DATES: October 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022
In accordance with Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule, electric service cannot be disconnected for nonpayment between October 1 and April 30 ONLY if electricity is the PRIMARY heat source and ALL of the following apply:
- Your household is at or below 50% of the state median household income. Income may be verified on forms provided by Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative or by the local energy assistance provider.
- You enter into and make reasonably timely payments under a payment agreement that considers the financial resources of the household.
- You receive referrals to energy assistance, weatherization, or other programs likely to reduce your electricity bills from Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative.
To learn more about the EAP program or to apply for assistance, visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce
Energy Assistance website at https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/.
Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule does not completely stop winter disconnect. Before disconnecting electric service to
residential members between Oct. 1 and April 30, Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative must provide:
• A 30-day notice of disconnection;
• A statement of members’ rights and responsibilities;
• A list of local energy assistance providers;
• Forms on which to declare inability to pay;
• A statement explaining available payment plans and
other options to continue service.
If you have questions, please contact our office.