Utility customers in Ohio facing a disconnection or needing to restore their service this winter, have a chance to remain connected with a one-time payment of $175.
On Sept. 11, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued its annual Winter Reconnection Order.
That order went into effect Monday, and will provide just that opportunity for consumers until April 15, 2014.
Electric and/or natural gas service can be restored or maintained by making the one-time payment. If customers owe past due amounts on their electric AND natural gas bills, the $175 can be divided between both utilities.
For customers who have been disconnected, payment of a reconnection fee of no more than $36 can also be required. If the utility’s reconnection fee is higher, the balance may be billed to the customer the following month.
Customers must sign up for a payment plan to pay any remaining past-due balance on their utility bill.
There are a number of additional resources available to help residential consumers stay connected to their utilities.
For more details, go to www.pickocc.org