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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