winter shutoffs moratorium Stan Kilgore

People who owe money on utility bills will be disconnected beginning July 25 unless arrangements are made.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is urging electric, natural gas, and water utility customers with outstanding bills to make payment arrangements or apply for assistance before the COVID-19 moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment ends.

PSC Division Administrator Kristy Nieto says customers behind in payments are being given a notice of termination. She says they should call their utility to discuss it... Monty Dickerson

Last Thursday, the state's utility regulator voted unanimously to lift the temporary moratorium on utility disconnections for non-payment.

Routinely, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin allows utilities to disconnect customers who are behind in their bills after April 15. After November 15 each year until spring there's a moratorium on disconnections to keep the heat on in homes. This year, the coronavirus outbreak prompted the state to extend the moratorium until July 25.

The state and Wisconsin utilities are urging customers to know the state moratorium on utility disconnections begins November 1.

During the moratorium, from November 1 to April 15, utilities are prohibited from disconnecting customers behind on their bills. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, which oversees state utilities, is reminding customers to contact their utilities.

Spokesperson Matt Sweeney... Kristoferb

Next week, state utilities can disconnect gas and electric service from customers who are far behind in their bills. The winter moratorium law in Wisconsin forbids disconnections during the winter months but ends in April. This year the moratorium ends on April 16.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson Matt Cullen says past-due customers should make contact soon to keep service....

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Thursday begins the annual moratorium on turning off heat during the cold weather months.

During the heating moratorium, utilities can't disconnect customers who are behind on their bills.

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin spokesperson Matthew Spencer...

"...utility customers should contact their service providers to make sure they're up to date with their payments and they can schedule payment agreements for outstanding bills so they can re-establish their service..."

Wisconsin's winter moratorium on utility disconnnections ends next Monday and a state spokesperson says customers need to make arrangements now or face the loss of heating. Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is the state regulator for utilities.

Spokesperson Matthew Spencer says early next week utilities are allowed disconnections for customers who haven't paid....

Utility Customers Behind on Bills Could Face Shutoffs

Apr 7, 2014

This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs.  Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements. 

State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1st and April 15th, even you don’t pay the bills.

But WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says those unpaid bills won’t go away, and customers could face shutoffs if they don’t get in touch with WPS.