MADISON (AP) – Wisconsin utility companies can legally shut off heat to people who are behind on their payments starting April 16.
State law prohibits disconnecting customers during the coldest part of the year between Nov. 1 and April 15.
The state Public Service Commission is encouraging those who need assistance to contact their utility about getting on a payment plan or seeing if they qualify for financial assistance from the state.
Help is available for people whose household include is at or below 60 percent of the state median income level. That is $47,485 for a family of four.
People can apply for assistance through county social service offices, tribal governments and private nonprofit agencies.