PSC extends moratorium on utility shutoffs again

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    With COVID-19 cases continuing to spike, the Public Service Commission is continuing the agency’s ban on utility shutoffs, this time until Nov. 1.

    Commissioners voted 2-1 on Thursday to extend the moratorium on disconnecting utility customers for nonpayment. The agency also is urging customers behind on their bills to arrange payment plans with utilities or to apply for energy assistance through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).

    Applications can be made online at energybenefit.wi.gov or by phone at 1-866-HEATWIS. Information on how to apply in person can be found at http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/.

    The state’s annual cold-weather moratorium on shutting off heat begins Nov. 1 and will run through April 15, 2021.

    The PSC’s pandemic disconnection moratorium began March 24 and has since been extended twice before.

    Erik Gunn
    Senior Reporter Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, along with related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.