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Millions of people are facing unprecedented hardship as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to take a toll on public health and livelihoods. Smart energy policies that conserve resources and protect customers continue to be critically important in these uncertain times, especially as some may struggle even more than normal to pay their bills. It is critically important for power companies to make sure that no one is left behind and no one’s utilities are shut off, especially as people are encouraged to stay home.
Some utilities and states have implemented non-cutoff policies that have expired or are set to expire without extension. Check here to see if your utility has implemented such a policy. (Note: this list is not exhaustive and is being updated frequently, check with your local utility for the most up-to-date information.) Extension of these and making them consistent across states or the region would help ensure that no one is left behind.
Utilities are a necessity, not a luxury. Even at the best of times, too many people have to choose between paying their utility bills or groceries, prescriptions, or rent.
In these extraordinary circumstances, it is critical that utilities suspend disconnections throughout the crisis, waive late payment fees, reconnect customers who have been recently been disconnected due to nonpayment, and commit to investing in bill-lowering measures like energy efficiency and solar energy.
TAKE ACTION ABOVE to contact your governor and members of Congress, urging them to order utilities to suspend disconnections for the duration of the coronavirus crisis and to commit with a renewed sense of urgency to invest in energy efficiency and solar energy that both lower bills and reduce pollution that harms public health.