COVID-19

Consumers Energy to resume power shutoffs after months of pandemic

The energy company has set up a fund for households affected by the pandemic that are at risk of having their utilities shut off.

In October, Consumers Energy will again begin shutting off electricity and gas service to households that have been delinquent in paying their bills. That comes after the company suspended shutoffs during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In place of suspended shutoffs, Consumers Energy has set up a fund to help people affected by the pandemic who still can’t pay their bills.

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The company has contributed $12 million to the fund, which is meant to help 25,000 households and 1,000 small businesses avoid losing power.

The company hasn’t specified exactly how people could qualify for the funding, but staff are reviewing accounts and plan to reach out to elligible households in October.

You can read more at Consumers Energy’s website.

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