Moratorium preventing disconnection of utilities due to nonpayment extended until Oct. 1

Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 09:59:05-04

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is extending the utility disconnection moratorium through Oct. 1.

The PSC announced the decision on Thursday. The moratorium was issued in March and promised those who were not able to pay their utility bill would not be disconnected. It was lifted at the end of June.

"We continue to base our decisions on the data presented to us and what is in the public interest," said PSC Chairperson, Rebecca Cameron Valcq. "The high incidence of COVID-19 across our state has not diminished. At this time, an extension of the moratorium is necessary to support public health and safety."

Those who may not be able to pay their utility bill are encouraged to reach out for assistance from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

"As reported cases of COVID-19 more than doubled since the June decision, in July the PSC stayed a portion of its previous order delaying residential disconnections to Sept. 1. Today's decision further extends that to Oct. 1. The PSC will meet again on Sept. 17 to reassess the pandemic's effects and to determine if further extension is warranted," said the PSC in a press release.

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