The question of extended moratoriums on utility shutoffs is only becoming more complicated
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- Nov 20, 2020 5:17 pm GMTNov 20, 2020 3:03 pm GMT
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Just because you no longer have to doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. But what if you can't?
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, 35 states implemented moratoriums on electricity, gas and water shutoffs in order to protect the health and safety of their citizens as the uncertainty of the public health crisis loomed. It was a strong, near-national display of prioritizing people over revenue.
However, many of the moratoriums have since expired. According to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, a policy organization for the state directors of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, as of Nov. 20, 2020, only seven states have maintained those moratoriums. By the time Jan. 1, 2021, only 3 states—Wyoming, New York and California—and the District of Columbia, will have these moratoriums in place.