Arizona Corporation Commission to let utilities choose method of banning disconnects for late payment

By Spencer Blake | 3TV/CBS 5

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted Wednesday night on new guidelines to protect people who are late on utility payments. The commission began a moratorium on shutoffs two years ago after 72-year-old Stephanie Pullman died when her power was cut-off for a late payment on a 107-degree day. She owed just $51. The moratorium bans utility disconnects between June 1 and October 15.

At the Commission’s March meeting, they were looking at 3 different methods of determining when to prohibit utility cutoffs:

  • Use the current moratorium in place
  • Prohibit shutoffs based on a temperature threshold
  • Prohibit shutoffs any time the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a heat warning

Commissioners voted Wednesday to take the NWS option off the table altogether and to let utility companies choose between the other 2 options. The threshold temperature decided upon was 95 degrees.

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