An Eversource energy car stops at a road that's blocked due to fallen trees on Aug. 7, 2020, a few days after Tropical Storm Isaias. Yehyun Kim / ctmirror.org

State utility regulators will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning to consider renewing key moratoriums on electricity and other service shut-offs.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced the meeting on Thursday, following appeals for action from advocates for low-income households and from Eversource Energy.

PURA members specifically will consider barring electricity, gas and water companies from barring service to residential customers and small businesses — regardless of financial hardship — until Feb. 9.

Connecticut already prohibits utilities from cutting service to households that cannot pay their bills during colder months. But in mid-March, as the coronavirus pandemic broke out, PURA prohibited gas, electric and water service shut-offs — regardless of hardship — for residential and small business customers.

Those prohibitions expired, though, on Aug. 1 for small businesses and on Oct. 1 for households.

Eversource filed a motion on Sept. 30 to renew the moratoriums. That motion has been endorsed by the state’s acting consumer counsel, Richard E. Sobolewski, Attorney General William Tong, and by Operation Fuel, a Hartford-based nonprofit that provides emergency energy assistance to poor households.

Friday’s meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. and will be conducted via teleconference.

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Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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