The PUC fears the growing debt will harm customers in the long run. Would you agree with that prediction? What lessons learned, so far, could lend to a better solution? “The commission weighed the multifaceted interests of customers and utilities in making this decision,” PUC Chairman Philip Bartlett said. He continued stating that extending the blanket moratorium that prevents utilities from shutoffs for non-payment could drive up long-term costs. Utilities in the area, like Versant Power, have requested that the PUC alert residents in a news release because sending an update via direct mail would ultimately cost customers $60,000 - $70,000. While disconnections will resume, winter shutoff restrictions remain in place and all utilities will give 30 days notice to affected customers.
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