Greenlining and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability filed comments to ensure the CPUC protects access to electricity and grants debt relief for low-income households and disadvantaged communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic recession.

The Commission must fulfill its moral obligation and statutory mission to offer just and reasonable rates and affordable energy services to all Californians. In light of the devastating public health and economic crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission must not, under any circumstance, allow utilities to disconnect or otherwise financially injure vulnerable households during or in the aftermath of the public health emergency. In designing and implementing utility debt policy solutions during the pandemic, the Commission must “promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience…[of] the public” and ensure that debt relief is equitable.

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