When a household member has been ordered to active duty, deployment or a change of duty station, it may be difficult for the family to pay their utility bills. Minnesota law protects military personnel from shut-off if they can’t pay their bill when the following conditions are met:
- The household income of the member is at or below 50 percent of the state median household income. A municipal utility or cooperative electric association utility may (i) verify income on forms it provides or (ii) obtain verification of income from the local energy assistance provider. A member is deemed to meet the income requirements of this clause if the member receives any form of public assistance, including energy assistance that uses an income eligibility threshold set at or below 50 percent of the state median household income.
- A member makes “on time” payments under a payment agreement that considers the financial resources of the household.
- A member receives referrals to energy assistance, weatherization, conservation or other programs likely to reduce the member’s energy bills.
If a payment schedule cannot be agreed upon by MVEC and you, you have the right to appeal. You can request an appeal form to complete and send to the MVEC Board within 10 working days of the date of notice or forfeit your right to appeal. The Board will advise you and MVEC of its decision regarding your appeal. MVEC will honor the payment schedule of the MVEC Board as long as you follow it.
To see if you are eligible for Military Energy Assistance, please fill out this Military Personnel Shut-Off Protection Form.
For more resources about Minnesota’s Military Energy assistance, go to:
- Stay Warm Minnesota – A collaborative effort between state government agencies, the state’s major utilities, and several nonprofit organizations in the energy and social service fields
- Minnesota’s Utility Payment Arrangements for Military Personnel (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 325E & 325G)
Emergency Assistance Contacts
|If you require emergency assistance at the time of disconnection, there are various agencies that may be able to assist you.|
|Carver County Social Services (General assistance)||(952) 361-1600|
|Dakota County Human Services||(651) 554-5611|
|Hennepin County Energy Assistance||(952) 930-3541|
|Le Sueur County Human Services||(507) 357-2251|
|Rice County Human Services||(507) 332-6115|
|Scott County Human Services (Single)||(952) 445-7751|
|Sibley County Human Services||(507) 237-2981|
|CAP Scott/Carver||(952) 496-2125|
|CAP Dakota||(651) 322-3500|
|Heat Share (Salvation Army) Primary Heat Only||(612) 721-1668
|Minnesota Valley Action Council||(507) 345-6822
|Three Rivers Community Action||(507) 732-7391|