Vol. 34 Issue 5

Mar 10, 2017

From the Editors

Last Wednesday, National Grid shut off the gas in my house for almost a week. Every night that followed, the temperature in Providence fell into the single digits. I felt frostbitten and powerless.

Then I found out about the George Wiley Center, a Rhode Island advocacy group that has been organizing around utility justice for almost 40 years. Here are some things I learned about your rights as a utility consumer, from their website.

National Grid cannot legally shut off your gas or power if:

1. The proposed shutoff will take place between 12:01 a.m. on November 1st and 11:59 p.m. on March 31st and you qualify under the Nat. Grid’s definition of “Financial Hardship” OR you or anyone you live with is seriously ill.

2. A child under the age of 2 is living with you.

3. You are not issued a written notice through the mail—or electronically, if you’ve agreed to it—no less than 10 days before they shut it off.

Stay toasty, friends.

– SG


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