Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
topical alert top story

Wisconsin regulators end final pandemic measures

  • 0

Wisconsin utility regulators have discontinued the last consumer protections put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public Service Commission imposed a shutoff ban and other protections in March 2020. The commission lifted the ban in 2021 but left in place a handful of others, including a requirement that utilities allow low-income customers to avoid disconnection by agreeing to a payment plan and a waiver of credit card processing fees.

What happens to your ballot on Election Day

The commission voted unanimously Wednesday to end all pandemic-related requirements.

“I think that it is time to … get back to business as usual,” Chair Rebecca Valcq said.

Commissioner Tyler Huebner said many utilities have implemented more flexible payment plans but pointed out pandemic protocols can be a financial hardship for many people.

“I hope that continues,” Huebner said. “COVID is out there. I’m coming off of it myself. … If you’re working retail, restaurant, you’re not working.”

Tyler Huebner

Huebner

Wisconsin is in line to receive about $100 million this year in federal funding for the low-income energy assistance program plus another $1.3 million a year through 2026 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, though the PSC says energy assistance funding will be lower than in 2021.

0 Comments
* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Badger Sports

Breaking News

Crime

Politics