Disconnection moratorium ends next week
COLUMBUS, OHIO The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) extended its winter reconnect through April 30, 2008. The extension will provide the Ohio Department of Development with more time to distribute winter crisis Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP) funds to at risk families.
The winter reconnect order requires electric and natural gas utilities to reconnect or maintain service to customers, regardless of income, who have been disconnected or threatened with disconnection due to nonpayment of their utility bill. The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) requested that the PUCO extend the winter reconnect order from the original April 15, 2008 deadline to mirror the recent extension of E-HEAP funding.
"The extension of the winter reconnect order and E-HEAP funding will provide low-income households that have been disconnected or received a disconnection notice with additional time to take advantage of the benefits of both programs," PUCO Chairman Alan R. Schriber stated. "This is especially important given that Ohio's winter heating disconnection moratorium ends next week."
The PUCO reminds electric and natural gas customers who participated in the winter heating disconnection moratorium to take steps now to ensure their service is not disconnected when the moratorium expires on March 18, 2008. Once the moratorium expires, regulated electric and natural gas companies will proceed with billing and disconnection procedures as outlined in PUCO rules.