Md. gives customers a break on utility cutoffs

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers are getting a break after an unusually cold winter.

The commission's order recognized the commitment of certain utilities to extend until May 31 a period in which they are restricted from terminating service to customers who have fallen behind on their regular bill payments, provided the customer has made other payment arrangements and met other conditions. The new period ends May 31, instead of March 31.

The order issued Friday says that Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Potomac Electric Power Co. and Delmarva Power Co. have already extended the period. Those utilities had proposed the extension during proceedings the commission initiated in February. The commission says it's urging all Maryland utilities to consider a similar extension.


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