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Cold Weather Rule is considering adding an emergency rule

October 30, 2001
By: Julie Kroenig
State Capital Bureau

Over two million Missourians have been helped by the Cold Weather Rule. On Wednesday, the Public Service Commission will consider helping more.

Julie Kroenig has the story in Jefferson City.

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Missouri's Cold Weather Rule does not allow utility companies to shut off heat to households if the temperature is to fall below 30 degrees.

Kevin Kelly, spokesperson for the Public Service Commission, says that to apply for this households must have heat as of November 1.

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Contents: 29,000 households are without heat. Another 50,000 are facing disconnection.

The Cold Weather Rule applies from November 1 until March 31.

From the State Capitol, this is Julie Kroenig for KMOX News.

Date: October 30, 2001

By: Julie Kroenig

State Capital Bureau

The Public Service Commission is evaluating an addition of an emergency rule to the Cold Weather Rule.

Julie Kroenig has the details in Jefferson City.

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The Cold Weather Rule restricts utility companies from shutting off heat to residents when the temperature falls before 30 degrees.

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Contents: Heat related utility services are protected from November 1 until March 31.

Due to high gas prices from last year, many households are currently without gas.

So, the Public Service Commission is considering adding a emergency rule to help the 29,000 households without gas and the other 50,000 who are facing disconnection.

Since its inception in 1977, 2 million needy customers have been served.

From the State Capitol, this is Julie Kroenig for KMOX News.

Date: October 30, 2001

By: Julie Kroenig

State Capital Bureau

29,000 households are without heat and may not be protected by the Cold Weather Rule.

Julie Kroenig has the story in Jefferson City.

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Due to high natural gas prices last year, many homes are without gas service or are facing disconnection.

The Cold Weather Rule restricts gas companies from shutting off gas only to those homes who had gas at the beginning of the winter.

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Contents: In 1993, a provision was added that restricted utility companies from shutting off service if the temperature was predicted to fall below thirty degrees.

The Public Service Commission is considering adding another provision, an emergency rule-due to last year's high prices.

This would help the 29,000 households without service and the other 50,000 who are facing disconnection.

The Cold Weather Rule applies from November 1 until March 31.

From the State Capitol, this is Julie Kroenig for KMOX News.