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Attorney General William Tong

10/09/2020

Attorney General Tong Supports Extension of Emergency Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs

(Hartford, CT) – In a letter today to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Attorney General William Tong supported extending the emergency moratorium on electric, natural gas, and water utility shut-offs to February 1, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Connecticut’s citizens continue to suffer economic insecurity and hardship from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Many families are continuing to stay at home, and many schools have closed or may close again, forcing a resumption of remote learning. These vulnerable residents need continued protection to stay safe, warm and have access to continued learning opportunities,” said Attorney General Tong in the letter.

The Office of the Attorney General filed a formal petition in March seeking to cease all utility service terminations for a 30-day period subject to renewal to ensure all residents may safely remain home during the pandemic. PURA granted the moratorium, which has since been extended and remains in effect.

Assistant Attorneys General Lauren Bidra, John Wright and Consumer Protection Department Head Michael Wertheimer are assisting the Attorney General in this matter.

Click here to view the letter.

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