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Utilities across the country are halting shut-offs in response to coronavirus

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Journalist for nearly a decade with keen interest in local energy policies for cities and national efforts to facilitate a renewable revolution. 

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As the infectious coronavirus continues to spread through the country, freezing societal norms and forcing laborers across the workforce to stay home, different sectors of the society are figuring out ways to mitigate the harm. 

Utilities are taking a leadership role in some heavily impacted communities and halting shut-offs of utilities until the threat of the virus is contained to more manageable levels. Austin Energy in Austin, Texas, announced this week that it would end shut-offs of gas and electricity. In Connecticut, the state has banned utility shut-offs until the virus has been contained. In New Jersey, the board of public utilities reached an agreement to halt shut-offs. Philadelphia, South Carolina, California and more have followed suit. 

This virus has taken us all into interesting and largely unprecedented times. It is great to see the work our community is doing to pull together and mitigate the impact on the most vulnerable among us. Now, we've already seen a paid sick leave mandate handed down from the federal government; if this continues, we could see a federal mandate to stop utility shut-offs. 

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