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IUB considering new rules for power "limiters"

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Utility Board is considering updating rules for the use of devices that limit electricity use by customers behind on their bills.

Utility board officials say service limiters have been allowed in Iowa since the mid-1980s but 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.

Just last month, a 93 year-old man in Bay City, Michigan froze to death in his home after the power company installed a limiter. Neighbors who found the man's body say the temperature in the home was below 32-degrees.

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