Oncor, AEP Texas, TNMP Suspend Disconnects For Non-Pay
Earlier: CenterPoint-TDU Suspending Disconnection For Non-Payment
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Oncor, AEP Texas, and Texas-New Mexico Power have all implemented suspensions of disconnect for non-pay orders
Oncor and TNMP each suspended DNPs effective March 17, with the suspension through March 19, 2020. Oncor and TNMP each said that they will work with other utilities, retail electric providers, the Commission, and state and local authorities to develop a longer-term plan for handling DNPs during this State of Disaster.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, AEP Texas said that it has halted disconnection of service for non-payment in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), "until further notice."
Effective immediately, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric is suspending Disconnection for Non-Payment.
CenterPoint-Houston said that, "The Public Utility Commission of Texas ('PUCT') held an emergency Open Meeting on March 16, 2020, to discuss issues related to the State of Disaster for Coronavirus Disease 2019 issued by Governor Abbott on March 13, 2020. The Commission, led by Chairman Walker, noted that the PUCT has received a significant number of calls regarding disconnects for non-payment ('DNPs'). The Commission further encouraged utilities to address DNP issues during this time and acknowledged those utilities that have suspended DNPs."
"In response to the Commission’s comments, and in furtherance of our obligation to the communities we serve, effective immediately, CenterPoint Energy is suspending Disconnect for Non-Payment through Friday, March 20, 2020. CenterPoint Energy will work with other utilities, Retail Electric Providers ('REPs'), the Commission, and state and local authorities to develop a longer-term plan for handling DNPs during this State of Disaster," CenterPoint-Houston said
CenterPoint-Houston will unexecute DNP orders received using the weather moratorium code:
CenterPoint-Houston further informed REPs that:
* Disconnect for Non-Payment (DNP) 650_01 transactions that were previously submitted and are currently in our system will be Completed Unexecutable with a code of 'V001' for any DNP with a 'Date Wanted' that is within the affected dates of this notice.
* Same Day 650_01 Disconnect for Non-Payment (DNP) transactions that are submitted during the affected dates will be rejected with a 'WTM' Reject Code
* Any 650_01 DNP transactions received with a future requested 'Date Wanted' will be accepted and scheduled. However, those DNPs may be subsequently Completed Unexecutable with a code of 'V001' if the 'Date Wanted' falls within the affected dates of this notice.
* Please submit 650_01 Reconnect for Non-Payment transactions for any DNP(s) that were completed today 3/17/2020 in order that we may Reconnect those Premises.