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Electric Disconnections

Brunner Law April 10, 2020

Wisconsin’s Governor Evers’ declared a public health emergency in Executive Order #72, the Public Service Commission (PSC) stopped disconnecting residential service for nonpayment and will reconnect service that had already been disconnected until the state of emergency has been lifted. Wisconsin already has a moratorium until April 15 on disconnection of Public Service Commission utilities used for heating, so this order extends that moratorium during the emergency and adds water not used for heating since water is needed for hand washing. Wisconsin Emergency Order #11 also extends the guidelines to PSC utility providers to stop assessing late fees, not require a deposit for reconnection, and now includes commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. The Energy and Policy Institute is also tracking utility disconnection suspensions across the U.S.on their website.