Cold Weather Rule comes to close March 31

The Cold Weather Rule ends on Friday, March 31.
The Cold Weather Rule ends on Friday, March 31.(WLUC)
Published: Mar. 28, 2023 at 12:35 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Cold Weather Rule ends on Friday, March 31.

Kansas Corporation Commission announced that Kansans who are behind on their electric and natural gas utility bills may be subject to disconnection of service unless they contact their utility company to make payment arrangements.

March 31 is also the last day to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), a federally funded program administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families. LIEAP applications must be received by the Kansas DCF office by 5 p.m. on Friday. The Kansas Corporation Commission urges all customers facing financial difficulties to act now to stay connected.

The Cold Weather Rule is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31. The rule provides protection from disconnection to residential customers served by utilities regulated by the KCC when temperatures drop below 35 degrees within the following 48-hour period. When the rule is in effect, regulated utilities are also required to offer a Cold Weather 12-month payment plan upon request, even if a previous payment plan has been broken.

When the protection ends on Friday, failure to make arrangements or failure to adhere to an already established payment plan could result in disconnection. Reconnection after March 31 may require past-due balances to be paid in full, depending on the utility’s policy. It is important to call now while regulated utilities are still required to offer the Cold Weather Rule 12-month payment plan.

Kansas Corporation Commission said the Cold Weather Rule 12-month payment plans require an initial payment of 1/12 of the overdue amount, 1/12 of the bill for current service, the full amount of any disconnection or reconnection fees, plus any applicable deposit owed to the utility. The balance is billed in equal payments over the next 11 months in addition to the regular monthly bills.

Kansas Corporation Commission said it is important to note that KCC does not regulate co-ops or municipal utilities, although many of those utilities also offer a cold weather payment plan. For a complete list regulated by the KCC, visit

To learn more about utility assistance programs in your area, contact your utility or the KCC Consumer Protection Office at 800-662-0027 or 785-271-3140. Utility assistance program information is also posted on the Kansas Corporation Commission’s website.