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In the state of Maryland can Pepco turn off your electric during

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In the state of Maryland can Pepco turn off your electric during the winter months?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 5 years ago.
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What was the reason they shut it off - outstanding account?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Well I am unable to pay it because I have exausted all of my unemployment... although the President has signed a bill extending unemployment I don't know when it will take affect.....
I recieved notice that they will be cuting the electric off today but as of right now it's still on (THANK GOD) but they are not willing to make arrangements because I don't have what they are asking for....I heard that they wouldn't turn it off when the temperature is at a certain point but I don't know how true that is....I really hope you can help.....
Expert:  Ely replied 5 years ago.
I am sorry to say that generally speaking, yes they can. The electric company is under no compulsion to provide service if its bill is not paid. If it is the only company in the area providing this service, then its bills are capped by the municipality and/or county in many circumstances and they are also sometimes made to have a payment option for low-income individuals. However, there is generally no law that says that utilities must continue to keep their services running if the bill is not paid.BUT there exist Utility Bill Assistance Programs that help you pay the bills and not have them shut off - see here:http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/psc/utilitybillassistance_new.cfmI hope you found my answer helpful, and if so please click on the ACCEPT button. This is the only way for me to get credit for my work; I receive no credit for my time with you unless you press ACCEPT.



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