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File #: 200494    Version: 0
Type: Resolution-Immediate Adoption Status: Passed
File created: 7/28/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 7/28/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution urging the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to continue the moratorium on utility disconnections for nonpayment during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Sponsors: ALD. RAINEY, ALD. KOVAC, ALD. LEWIS, ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. COGGS
Attachments: 1. 7.24.20 order - 5-UI-120
IMMEDIATE ADOPTION

Number
200494

Version
ORIGINAL

Reference

Sponsor
ALD. RAINEY, KOVAC, LEWIS, JOHNSON, AND COGGS

Title
Resolution urging the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to continue the moratorium on utility disconnections for nonpayment during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Analysis
This resolution urges the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to continue the moratorium on utility disconnections for nonpayment during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Body
Whereas, By order dated March 24, 2020 in Docket No. 5-UI-120, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin ordered that no public utility may disconnect service to any customer for nonpayment; and

Whereas, As set forth in a June 26, 2020 order, on June 11, 2020, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin voted to authorize utilities to resume disconnections effective July 25, 2020; and

Whereas, Based on the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin since the June 11 vote, by order dated July 24, 2020, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin extended the moratorium on residential customer disconnections for nonpayment until September 1, 2020; and

Whereas, The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will meet on August 20, 2020 to discuss whether further modifications or extensions should be provided beyond September 1, 2020; and

Whereas, The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is requiring that any comments from utilities and stakeholders be filed by no later than August 10 to be considered by the August 20 meeting; and

Whereas, We Energies reported that approximately 32,000 customers, a significant number of whom are likely city of Milwaukee residents, were eligible for disconnection as of the time of its July 2020 report to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; and

Whereas, Based on recent trends, it is likely that Wisconsin will continue to face a surge of COVID-19 cases throughout August; and

Whereas, As the majority of Commissioners determined in...

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