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Delinquent Danville power customers could face disconnection

August 30, 2020 GMT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Roughly 2,000 residential electric customers in Southside Virginia could have their power cut off this week if they don’t pay their bills.

Danville Utilities, which is run by the city, said delinquent customers collectively owe about $1.2 million. The city has had a moratorium on power cutoffs since March to try to cushion the financial fallout some families are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Danville Register and Bee reports that the moratorium is coming to an end in September. City officials say they’ve offered extended payment plans to customers but those who make no effort to pay will be subject to disconnection starting Tuesday.

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Customers can also apply for aid through city social services.

The State Corporation Commission has extended a moratorium on disconnections through at least Sept. 16, but the SCC action doesn’t apply to municipal-owned utilities like Danville.

The utility serves not just the city but parts of surrounding counties as well.