PUC Prohibits Utility Terminations, Consistent with Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

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April 21, 2020 - 7:22pm

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On March 13th, 2020, the Pennsylvania Utility Commission put out this press release which informed readers that Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations. The order will stay in place if the Proclamation of Disaster declared by Governor Tom Wolf on March 6th remains in effect.

The PUC explains that the unique circumstances give them the jurisdiction to declare this emergency order and it is consistent with the power given to them under the Proclamation of Disaster.

“I believe that issuance of an emergency order is appropriate under the unique circumstances,” said the emergency order signed by Chairman Dutrieuille.  “It is beyond argument that the provision of public utility service is necessary for the safety of the public.  This is especially the case under the current challenges that resulted in the Proclamation of a pandemic emergency.”  
The press release ends with the PUC stating that its goals are to balance the needs of the consumer and the utility organization and that they feel this is necessarily. It also instructs users to keep up to date on the website and their social media.

The PUC explains that the unique circumstances give them the jurisdiction to declare this emergency order and it is consistent with the power given to them under the Proclamation of Disaster.

“I believe that issuance of an emergency order is appropriate under the unique circumstances,” said the emergency order signed by Chairman Dutrieuille.  “It is beyond argument that the provision of public utility service is necessary for the safety of the public.  This is especially the case under the current challenges that resulted in the Proclamation of a pandemic emergency.”  
The press release ends with the PUC stating that its goals is to balance the needs of the consumer and the utility organization and that they feel this is necessarily. It also instructs users to keep up to date on the website and their social media.

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PUC Prohibits Utility Terminations, Consistent with Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency. (2020, March 13). Retrieved from http://www.puc.pa.gov/about_puc/press_releases.aspx?ShowPR=4326

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