ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in New Mexico who are behind on their gas and electric bills could lose power as soon as mid-August.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission prevented utilities from disconnecting service over unpaid bills during much of the pandemic.
The moratorium for investor-owned and large gas companies ended in May but has a 90-day transition period.
The soonest customers could be cut off is Aug. 12.
Utilities say shutoffs are a last resort and would happen only after customers receive multiple past-due notices.
The utilities and the state also have financial assistance for people struggling to pay their bills.
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