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Jan. 16, 2013IA |  By: Iowa News Service

Record Number of Iowans Behind on Power Bills

Just as the midwest enters the coldest days of winter, utilities in Iowa report an all-time record number of customers who are past due on their power bills.

Temperatures since December have been running below normal for Iowa, and those heating bills are coming due any day now. Iowa Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Director. Jerry McKim, says Iowa started the winter with the number of households owing money on their power bills at an all-time high.

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McKim says surprisingly there has been a 7 percent drop so far this year in the number of Iowans seeking help paying those bills.

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McKim says this year they have at least 49 million dollars to help low-income Iowans pay some of what they owe. He says those getting bills they can’t pay this month can contact his office and at least get protection from having their power cut off within 14 days - but that protection only lasts until March.