Utilities can now disconnect delinquent Wis. users
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin residents who are behind on their utility bills could soon find themselves without electricity or heating.
The state's emergency winter period ended last week. That means utilities can now disconnect customers who haven't been paying their bills.
Wisconsin Public Radio says as many as 76,000 Wisconsin residents could be affected. Alliant Energy, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service say the customers most at risk of being shut off are those who haven't paid their bill in at least three months.
People who are struggling to pay have several options. They can try to work out payment plans with their provider. They can also apply for home-energy assistance funds through their counties.