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State moratorium for cutting off heat ends Wednesday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's moratorium on disconnecting utility customers behind on their bills is ending tomorrow.

We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schultz says the harsh winter didn't leave more people facing disconnection, but many of the overdue bills are 10-15% larger on average.

State law prohibits utilities from shutting off a customer's heat between November 1 and April 15.

Schultz told WUWM about 6,000 We Energies customers are currently at risk of being disconnected unless they make arrangements to pay their bill.

Help is available for households at or below 60% of the state median income level, which equals about $47,000 for a family of four.

People can apply for assistance through county social service offices, tribal governments and private non-profit agencies.

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