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What was at Stake
Even though the pandemic continues, Florida utilities are set to resume power shutoffs — which they paused at the beginning of the pandemic — threatening the health of one million Floridians. Earthjustice responded by filing an emergency petition to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates the state’s utilities, requesting action to stop the disconnections and protect Florida families during the pandemic. Shutting power off for people who have lost income because of COVID-19 does not serve the public interest. We might be able to stop this ill-advised decision — but we’ll need your help. The PSC is taking public comment on our petition, and we need to show overwhelming opposition to continued utility disconnections.
COVID-driven utility disconnections present an immediate danger, as they hinder the ability of families and residents to stay home and safe, in accordance with the social distancing guidelines set by public health authorities. Additionally, people without electricity in their homes will have no ability to stay cool, power medical devices, communicate with others, or stay warm during the winter months.
Low-income households are already among the hardest hit by COVID — the result of lower-paying jobs being less likely to allow employees to work from home, as well as inadequate public assistance and healthcare resources for workers. Resuming shutoffs — which amount to an eviction in Florida — will increase crowding, jeopardize efforts to contain the pandemic, and hurt low-income households even further.
Shutting people’s power off during a pandemic is unacceptable, and lives are at stake if we don’t act. Please take a moment to protect one million Floridians by sending a letter to the PSC urging the commission to prevent unnecessary utility disconnections.