Lane-Scott Electric’s Cold Weather Rule
You must make payment arrangements with Lane-Scott to use the CWR
The Cold Weather Rule (CWR) allows for special payment and disconnection procedures for residential customers with past due bills. The intent of the CWR is to ensure human health and safety are not endangered during the cold weather months. The co-op will not disconnect service from November 15 – March 15 when the Dodge City National Weather Service forecasts that the temperature will drop below 35 degrees or will be in the mid-30’s or colder within the following 48-hour time period. Cooperative members who are unable to pay their electric service bills during the cold weather period may qualify for this program. You must inform Lane-Scott of your inability to pay the bill in full and set up a payment arrangement.
In order to qualify, the following requirements apply:
- An initial payment of 1/12th of the overdue amount of the bill must be made, plus 1/12th of the current bill, all disconnection and reconnection fees, and 1/12th of the applicable deposit. A payment plan can be made for the remainder of the arrearage if necessary.
- Must pay future bills in full while paying off the overdue amount.
- In the event the member fails to meet their payment plan, the customer MUST cure the default to remain in the payment plan and contact Lane-Scott Electric at 620-397-5327 immediately.
Please understand, that once temperatures reach 35 degrees and are forecasted to stay above 35 for 24 hours, service will be disconnected if arrangements have not been made and being followed. In the event the forecast indicates temperature will fall below 35 degrees, service will remain on and Lane-Scott will wait for a new 48-hour window. If a payment arrangement is defaulted on, the agreement becomes null and void and the member’s electric service will be subject to immediate disconnection. It is the belief of some that once the CWR is in effect, electric bills can be ignored, and the cooperative will not disconnect service; this is not true. The cooperative can and will disconnect for non-payment if the above criteria are not met. Lane-Scott opted into this program to ensure the safety of our members, however members must, in good faith, make payment of their electricity bill a priority.