Missouri’s Cold Weather Rule has begun. Under the rule, some elderly, disabled, and low-income customers can have more lenient payment terms to prevent heat-related utility disconnection. When the temperature is forecasted to fall below 32 degrees during the following 24 hours, the utility is not allowed to disconnect your service. Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman, Ryan Silvey, expects heat-related rates to be a little higher in Missouri this winter, but he does not expect them to spike.
The rule, which continues through March 31, only applies to publicly-traded companies – not cooperatives and municipal utilities.