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Cleco continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect our customers, contractors, employees and the general public, as well as to maintain consistent business operations during this critical time. Read the information below to find out what we're doing to help our customers.

  • Long-Term Payment Plan

    Realizing that the pandemic continues to impact many Cleco customers in various ways, Cleco developed a Long-Term Payment Plan (LTPP) that goes above and beyond regulatory requirements.  Customers with past due bills have been automatically set up with long-term, interest-free payment plans. See details below.

    Q1. What is Cleco’s LTPP?
    Cleco’s LTPP is designed to help customers, who might be facing financial challenges related to COVID-19, pay off past due bills.  The LTPP gives customers with past due bills incurred through July 16 up to 18 months to pay, depending on the total amount owed.  

    Q2.  Do I have to call Cleco or go into a Customer Service Office to be set up on a LTPP?
    No.  Customers who have past due bills that were incurred through July 16 will be automatically set up on a LTPP effective Aug.1.  The exact due date of installment payments will vary by customer and be determined by the customer’s billing cycle (when you receive your monthly bill).

    Q3.  How will I know if my account was set up on a LTPP?
    Customers set up on a LTPP will receive a detailed letter with information on their payment plan, including the total amount owed and the number of months to pay.  The installment amount will be on your regular monthly bill as a separate line item described as a “Contract.”  It will be due in addition to your current bill.

    Q4.  When will the letters be mailed? What should I do if I don’t receive my letter?
    Cleco will begin mailing letters to customers this month (July).  Customers with past due bills (incurred through July 16) who do not receive a letter by July 31 should visit a customer service office, call 1-800-622-6537, use the Contact Us form or direct message Cleco on Facebook @ClecoPower.

    Q5.  How will Cleco calculate my LTPP?
    Customers’ past due bills will be combined and then divided by the number of months allotted based on the total outstanding balance.  For example, the installment amount for a customer with a total outstanding balance of $500 will be $33.33 for a total of 15 months ($500/15=$33.33).

    Q6.  When does my LTPP go into effect/when do I need to start paying the installment amount?
    LTPPs for past due bills incurred through July 16 will go into effect Aug. 1, so customers whose accounts have been set up on a LTPP should see the monthly installment amount on their August bill.  The installment amount is due when the August bill is due.  

    Q7.  What if I miss paying my installment amount?  Will my service be disconnected?
    Customers who do not make timely payments on their LTPP are subject to late fees, disconnection of service and immediate payment of all past due amounts, meaning customers could lose their LTPP.  Therefore, it’s very important that you pay your monthly installment amount in addition to charges for electricity that is still being used.

    Q8.  When will Cleco resume disconnects and late fees?
    On March 13, Cleco announced the temporary suspension of disconnects and late fees to help customers facing financial challenges related to COVID-19, meaning we did not disconnect any customers’ electric service, even if they had overdue bills.  Cleco will return to its regular procedures for disconnects and late fees on Sept. 1, which is almost six months later.

    Q9.  How long do I have to pay off my total past due balance?
    Customers have up to 18 months to pay the total past due balance incurred through July 16.  The exact number of months depends on the total amount owed.  This information will be in your letter.  You must make your monthly installment payment until the total amount owed is paid in full.

    Q10.  What if I don’t need or want a LTPP?
    The LTPP is designed to help customers manage their outstanding bills and maintain their electric service.  Customers who do not need a LTPP won’t be impacted.  

    Customers who have past due bills that were incurred through July 16 will be automatically set up on a LTPP effective Aug. 1.  However, customers who don’t want a LTPP can pay their entire outstanding balance upon receipt of their next bill.  

    Q11.  Can I still make arrangements for a regular payment extension?
    Yes.  Cleco’s regular credit extension agreement provides eligible customers additional time to pay an arrears balance in a non-emergency situation.  The LTPP is part of Cleco’s response to COVID-19 and applies to past due bills incurred through July 16 only.    

    Q12.  Where can I get help if I’m unable to pay my installment amount plus my regular bill? 
    Cleco is encouraging eligible customers who need help paying their electric utility bills to apply for energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The program is federally funded and helps low-income households with their home energy bills by providing payment and/or energy crisis assistance. In Louisiana, funds are administered by the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) and distributed by community action agencies throughout the state.  

    To apply for LIHEAP funds, customers must contact their local community action agency.  A list of the agencies is available on the LHC website

    Q13.  How/where can I pay my bill?
    Go to Cleco's Payment Options page and Payment Locations page.

    Q14. When did the Customer Service Offices reopen?
    Cleco Customer Service Offices were closed beginning Monday, March 16.  Offices reopened and resumed normal operating hours on Monday, May 18.

    Q15.  What has Cleco done to ensure a safe work place at the Customer Service Offices?
    Cleco follows the guidance of state and local government, as well as the CDC to protect employees and customers.   

    • Each CSO is equipped with inside floor markers to ensure customers maintain a physical distance of six feet which also limits the number of customers allowed in the lobby of the CSOs.
    • Each CSO is equipped with signs asking customers not to enter the building if they have or recently had fever, cough or shortness of breath.
    • In accordance with the governor’s new mandate, all customers are required to wear a mask when in a customer service office or other Cleco location. 

    Q16.  Are customers required to wear face coverings in the Customer Service Offices?
    Yes.  On July 11, Gov. Edwards announced a statewide mask mandate effective July 13 in an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19. 

    Q17.  I want to pay my bill, but I’m not comfortable going into a Customer Service Office (i.e., I am at high risk for COVID-19, I am elderly, etc.), what are my options?
    Cleco has multiple self-service payment options that customers can utilize to make payments (see below).
        • MyAccount on cleco.com
        • KUBRA, Cleco's one-time electronic bill payment service
        • Postal mail to P.O. Box 660228, Dallas, TX 75266-0228

    Q18.  Can I still go to Wal-Mart or an authorized payment vendor?
    If the authorized payment vendor is still open for business, customers should be able to pay their bill.  However, some authorized payment vendors may be closed or have adjusted their hours due to the coronavirus.

    Q19. What can I do to control my energy usage if my family is spending more time at home due to the coronavirus?
    Cleco recommends the following:

    • During the warmer months, set your thermostat at 78º or higher if comfort allows.
    • Use fans to move the air. This will make you feel 10 degrees cooler and allow you to raise the setting on your thermostat.  Remember to turn off the fan when you are not in the room.  
    • Don't run heat-producing appliances during the hottest part of the day.
    • If you have drapes or shades, close them during the day to keep out the heat and open them at night to let the heat escape through the glass. Solar shades or screens are a cost-effective method to reduce the heat from sunlight coming in through your windows.
    • Change your air filter.  A dirty filter slows down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.  We recommend changing the filter every three months.
    • Run full loads in your dishwasher.  Dishwashers use about the same energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.

    Q20.  What if I have an emergency?
    Cleco’s call center is available at 1-800-622-6537 for regular business Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take emergency calls. 

  • Payment Assistance Program

    Cleco customers who meet the eligibility requirements for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can apply for assistance now by contacting their local community action agency.  

    A list of Louisiana’s agencies is available on the Louisiana Housing Corp. (LHC) website at https://www.lhc.la.gov/ (click on COVID-19 Energy Assistance).

    To qualify, customers must provide the following:

    • Copy of your heating and cooling bills for one month (not older than six months) 
    • Last four consecutive copies of check stubs for employed household members 
    • Proof of unearned income (Social Security, unemployment insurance, pension funds, disability, etc.) 
    • Proof of present address (rent receipt, lease or deed, etc.) 
    • Driver’s license or picture ID of the head of household and Social Security card 
    • Proof of total members living in your household and their Social Security cards

    To apply, contact a community action agency near you:

    Allen Action Agency 8838 Hwy. 165, Oberlin, LA 70655 (337) 639-4348
    Avoyelles Progress Action Committee 641 Government St., Marksville, LA 71351 (318) 253-6085
    Beauregard Community Action Association 219 West 2nd St., DeRidder, LA 70634 (337) 463-7895
    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury/ Human Services Department 2001 Moeling St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 721-4030, (337) 721-3550, (337) 721-4033, (337) 721-4020
    Cenla Community Action Committee 2011 MacArthur Dr., Bldg. 1, Alexandria, LA 71301 (318) 314-3480
    Desoto Parish Office of Community Services 404 Polk Street, Ste. B, Mansfield, LA 71052 (318) 872-0880
    Evangeline Community Action Agency 403 West Magnolia, Ville Platte, LA 70586 (337) 363-1306
    Jefferson Community Action Programs 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Ste. 402, Jefferson, LA 70123 (504) 736-6900
    LaSalle Community Action Assn. 825 Hwy. 8, Sicily Island, LA 71368 (318) 389-4810
    Natchitoches Office Of Community Services 1016 Keyser Ave., Natchitoches, LA 71457 (318) 357-2220, (800) 419-1354
    Quad Area Community Action Agency 45300 N. Baptist Rd, Hammond (225) 567-2350
    St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency 1065 Hwy. 749, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337) 948-3651
    Smile (St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette) Community Action Agency 501 St. John St., Lafayette, LA 70502 (337) 234-3272
    St. Mary Community Action Agency 1407 Barrow St., Franklin, LA 70538 (337) 828-5703
    St. Tammany Parish Community Action Agency 520 Old Spanish Trail, Ste. 3-C, Slidell, LA 70458 (985) 646-2090, (985) 893-3923
    Vernon Community Action Council 12286 Lake Charles Hwy., Leesville, LA 71446 (337) 404-7710, (337) 404-7711


  • Beware of Scams During COVID-19

    Cleco reminds customers to be on alert for fraudulent phone calls, text messages and emails, as well as in-person scammers posing as Cleco representatives who are looking to take advantage of customers amid fears around COVID-19, the coronavirus.

    While Cleco hasn’t received any reports of customers being contacted by scammers, we do know that scammers use opportunities like the coronavirus to prey on preoccupied customers.  

    This is reminder to our customers that Cleco will never initiate calls to demand immediate payment, and our customer service representatives will never ask customers to pay with a pre-paid card.  Furthermore, Cleco has temporarily suspended service disconnects and late fees during this critical time.

    Customers should be aware of these common utility scams:

    Disconnection Deception
    Scammers call threatening disconnection of your service unless you make an immediate payment with a pre-paid card.

    Overpayment Tactic
    Scammers call claiming you overpaid your bill, and you need to provide your personal bank account information or a credit card number to facilitate a refund.

    Vacate Your Home
    Scammers claim there is a need to replace your meter or other equipment, and you must leave your home for 72 hours.

    Power Restoration Charge
    Scammers call offering to restore your electricity more quickly for a fee after a severe storm.

    Identification Attack
    Rather than directing victims to call a 1-800 number, the scammers direct callers to press 1 to collect more data in an attempt to get your personal information.

    How Cleco customers can protect themselves:
    If a Cleco customer receives a suspicious phone call, hang up immediately and do not call back the number given by the caller. Cleco customers can reach a Cleco representative by calling 1-800-622-6537 or reaching out through Cleco’s official Facebook page at @ClecoPower. Also, customers can verify account information through the company’s online customer account management service, MyAccount.

    A Cleco representative will never initiate phone calls to demand immediate payment or tell a customer to pay with a pre-paid card. In fact, Cleco offers multiple ways for customers to pay a bill, including accepting payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft or mail.

    Customers who suspect that they have been victims of fraud, or who feel threatened during contact with one of these scammers, should contact Cleco and local law enforcement authorities. 

  • How to Conserve Energy While Home

    You may see an increase in your energy usage, as Louisiana families are under a stay-at-home order, and many businesses are allowing their employees to work from home.

    Cleco’s energy efficiency program, Power Wise, offers many solutions to help you save energy.

    Some quick reminders are below:

    • During the warmer months, set your thermostat at 78º or higher if comfort allows.
    • Use fans to move the air. This will make you feel 10 degrees cooler and allow you to raise the setting on your thermostat.
    • Don't run heat-producing appliances during the hottest part of the day.
    • If you have drapes or shades, close them during the day to keep out the heat and  open them at night to let the heat escape through the glass. Solar shades or screens are a cost-effective method to reduce the heat from sunlight coming in through your windows.
    • Change your air filter. A dirty filter slows down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.  We recommend changing the filter every three months.
    • Run full loads in your dishwasher. Dishwashers use about the same energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible.