Coronavirus policies to protect non-paying utility customers from being disconnected remain active in Wisconsin, according to a nonprofit group representing state public utility commissions.
Many states have put in place policies in the form of orders, directives and statutes that limit disconnections to customers who are unable to pay their utility bills as a result of the health emergency, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners reported. In Wisconsin, the moratorium remains in force until Nov. 1.
The authority of state public utilities commissions varies by state, the group said in an Oct. 1 report. Utility commissioners, who oversee investor-owned utilities that provide services such as water, telecommunications and power, do not usually have regulatory power over municipal or cooperative utilities, according to the association
State Policies on Utility Disconnections for Non-paying Customers
StateLatest Action (Date Implemented)Moratorium StatusAlabamaCommission statement(March 17)Voluntary moratoriumAlaskaUtility docket order (April 15)Active through Nov. 15ArizonaGovernor electric utility relief package (March 26)Voluntary moratoriumArkansasExecutive order (Aug. 14)Active through Oct. 13CaliforniaUtility docket order (June 11)Active through 2021Colorado Executive order (Sept. 7)Expires on Oct. 7ConnecticutUtility docket order (July 21)Active through Oct. 31DelawareState of emergency – 27th modification (Sept. 3)Active through Nov. 1 District of ColumbiaOrder No. 20358 (May 28)To be determinedFloridaCost tracking (July 7)Voluntary moratoriumGeorgiaUtility docket order (June 2)Expired on July 14HawaiiOrder No. 37284 (Aug. 24)Active through Dec. 31IdahoN/AVoluntary moratoriumIllinoisNews release (July 31)Expired on July 26IndianaAnnouncement (Aug. 12)Expired on Aug. 14IowaUtility docket order (May 20)Expired on May 27 KansasOrder No. 20-GIMX-393-MIS (May 21)Expired don May 31KentuckyCase No. 2020-00085 (June 23)To be determinedLouisianaSpecial order 44-2020 (July 1)Expired on July 16 MaineCase No. 2020-00081 (July 10)To be determinedMarylandPress release (Sept. 1)Active through Nov. 15MassachusettsOrder D.P.U. 20-58-B (July 31)Active through Nov. 15MichiganPress release (July 1)Voluntary moratoriumMinnesotaExecutive order 20-89 (Sept. 11)Active through Oct. 12MississippiUtility docket order (March 15)Expired on May 26MissouriCase No. AW-2020-0356 (May 14)Voluntary moratoriumMontanaGovernor directive (March 30)Expired on June 30NebraskaOrder No. NUSF-92 (March 25)Voluntary moratoriumNevadaOrder (March 27)Voluntary moratoriumNew HampshireExtension of Executive Order 2020-16 (Aug. 7)Active through Oct. 16 New JerseyPress releaseVoluntary moratoriumNew MexicoExecutive Order 2020-059 (Aug. 28)Active through Oct. 18New YorkState legislation (June 17)To be determinedNorth CarolinaUtility docket orders (July 29)Expired on Sept. 1North DakotaCOVID-19 office and hearing procedures (June 19)Voluntary moratoriumOhioCase No. 20-0591-AU-UNC (April 8)Voluntary moratoriumOklahomaMedia advisory (March 13)Voluntary moratoriumOregonMedia release (April 20)Voluntary moratoriumPennsylvaniaGovernor’s amendment (Aug. 31)Active through Dec. 1Rhode IslandUtility docket No. 5022 (June 30)Expired on Sept. 30South CarolinaUtility docket order No. 2020-106-A (June 10)Expired on May 14 South DakotaAnnouncement (April 17)Voluntary moratoriumTennesseePress release (Aug. 10)Expired on Aug. 29TexasCommission meeting (Aug. 13)Expired on Sept. 30 UtahUtility docket order No. 20-999-01 (April 23)Voluntary moratoriumVermontCase 20-0703-PET (Sept. 23)Active through Oct. 15VirginiaAdditional Order on Moratorium (Sept. 15)Expired on Oct. 5 WashingtonGovernor’s proclamation 20-23.7 (July 31)Active through Oct. 15 West VirginiaGeneral Order 262.5 (June 17)Expired on July 1 WisconsinNews release (Sept. 17)Active through Nov. 1 WyomingUtility Docket No. 90000-151-XO-20 (March 26)To be determined
Source: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
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