Utility board may revamp Iowa's electric shut-off rules
DES MOINES (KWWL) -- help could be on its way to Iowan's who are behind on their winter utility bills.
The Iowa Utility Board is considering updating rules for the use of devices that limit electricity use by customers behind on utility payments.
Iowa Utility board officials have allowed service limiters since the mid-1980s but say rules should be updated to keep pace with newer technology.
Jerry McKim, chief of the Bureau of Energy Assistance in the Iowa Department of Human Rights, opposes the use of service limiters. He says they put at risk the health and safety of Iowa's most vulnerable residents.
Allen Urlis, a spokesman for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, says the use of service limiters is voluntary and that new technology makes them safe.
Urlis says if the service limiters weren't safe, companies wouldn't use them.