A task force of utility providers and consumers presents initial recommendations for changes to the state’s cold weather rule. The rule keeps utilities from turning off the heat when the temperature falls below a certain level. The Public Service Commission’s Warren Wood says the changes had to be turned in to the Secretary of State’s office by April 14th for publication for a public comment period. He says many of the proposed changes relate to repayment schedules for those who have fallen behind in their utility bills. Wood says other provisions deal with how utilities have to deal with customers who might fall behind in a payment agreement but get up-to-date before an actual disconnection occurs. He says some utility members of the task force are concerned about the amount of bad debt the changes might make them carry, but Wood believes the process will go forward and be finished up this summer.
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