STATEWIDE (WGME) — When the coronavirus pandemic hit the state in March, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued an emergency moratorium on utility disconnections.
On Tuesday, the commission ordered an end to the moratorium effective Nov. 1.
The ruling allows utilities to resume normal disconnection activities Nov. 1 subject to a 30-day notice.
“The emergency moratorium was implemented to assist customers in the early days of the pandemic when schools and businesses were being shuttered and people were ordered to stay at home,” Chairman Philip Bartlett said.
No electric or natural gas residential customer can be disconnected between Nov. 1 and April 15 of next year without the commission’s approval because of regulations that were already in effect.