WR Advocates for Utility Bill Flexibility for Retailers

Oct 8, 2020
Written by Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs

WR weighed in at a recent Utilities and Transportation Commission hearing on their response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is docket number U-200281 heard on Tuesday, October 6 at 1:00 pm.

The Commission is considering ways it can ease the burden of utility bills for residential and small commercial customers who are struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes or keep their businesses open during this pandemic. Relief could include extending a moratorium on disconnections, debt relief, bill assistance, long-term payment plans, and shareholder contributions so ratepayers are not responsible for 100% of costs related to the response.

The UTC will announce its decision and course of action this week.

WR will continue to advocate for relief for its members struggling to pay bills when the government only allows them to operate at a significantly reduced capacity of only 30%.