Cold Weather Rule

Notice of Residential Customer Rights and Responsibilities

The Cold Weather Rule, Section 216B.096 in Minnesota State Statutes, provides that from October 1st through April 30th that a public utility cannot disconnect a residential consumer for non-payment if the disconnection affects the primary heat source and all of the following conditions are met:

- The household income of the customer is at or below 50% of the state median. A customer is deemed to meet the income requirements of this clause if the customer receives any form of public assistance, including energy assistance, that uses an income eligibility threshold set at or below 50% of the state median household income.

- A customer enters into and makes reasonably timely payments under a payment agreement that considers the financial resources of the household.

Where can I receive financial assistance?

Lakes and Pines 1-800-832-6082

Salvation Army - Heat Share 1-888-301-0643

Mille Lacs County Services 1-320-983-8208 or 1-888-270-8208

Cold Weather Rule Information


Inability to Pay form

If you cannot pay your full bills and need cold weather protection from utility shutoff, contact Princeton Public Utilities to arrange and sign a payment plan. In order to make payment arrangements, you must complete this form and submit it to Princeton Public Utilities. Income may be verified by the local energy assistant provider