Florida Public Service Commission denies relief petition as thousands may have power cut amid pandemic

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News Services) – Hundreds of thousands of people behind on their electric bills could face having their power cut off after state utility regulators said no to a plan Tuesday that would have prevented the cutoffs until the end of the year.

The utilities assert cutting someone’s power in a pandemic is their last option.

As many as 600,000 utility customers behind on their payments are now eligible to have their power cut.

At a virtual meeting, activists asked the Florida Public Service Commission to profit cutoffs until at least the end of the year.

“Most states in the U.S. have some sort of protection to prevent customers from being disconnected from their power as a result of this pandemic. Florida is one of only 15 states that does not. No family should be forced to go without power,” said Zach Cosner with Florida Conservation Voters.

The utilities’ message: Call us now if you are behind and don’t wait until we send you a notice that we are cutting off your power.

“Bill payment assistance is available now but may not in the future. The proposed rule may also allow past due balances to grow to the

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