Rochester Public Utilities resumes electrical service disconnections
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – The grace period for some Rochester Public Utilities customers is coming to an end.
Like other Minnesota electric utilities, RPU did not disconnect customers who missed their payments during the pandemic. Recently adopted RPU “an action plan to return to the realization of electrical disconnections” from August 2. RPU will waive late fees until next April and they will only be charged if a payment agreement has not been made or has been broken.
According to RPU, the average amount past due for residential customers fell from $ 153 on February 29, 2020 to $ 414 on April 30, 2021.
RPU will continue its customer outreach efforts to work with overdue customers to establish a 12 month payment plan to update overdue amounts and will go beyond 12 months in some cases.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Commerce announced this week that it has received additional federal funding of $ 167 million for its energy assistance program.
As a result, the program is open for applications throughout the year. The ministry is encouraging thousands of Minnesota households to apply, especially those with overdue energy bills and at risk of disconnecting from utilities.
A new report shows that nearly 340,000 Minnesota households served by regulated utilities have overdue electricity and gas bills, owed about $ 140 million.
Eligible households could receive up to $ 1,600 for energy bills and may be eligible for an additional $ 1,200 to cover overdue bills.
By applying for energy assistance, households can also take advantage of the Minnesota Bad Weather Assistance Program to pay for free home improvements to conserve energy and permanently reduce that home’s energy costs.