CORONAVIRUS: Kansas Corporation Commission issues order for utilities to establish payment plans/waive late fees through end of year Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Kansas Corporation Commission issues order for utilities to establish payment plans/waive late fees through end of year KCC Courtesy graphic

The Kansas Corporation Commission has issued a new order to assist residential and small businesses with utility fees through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new order will offer 12-month payment plans and waive late fees through the end of the year to help avoid disconnection. An earlier order issued by the KCC which also suspended disconnections is set to expire Sunday, May 31.

The order will essentially provide struggling businesses that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic to gradually pay off past balances while avoiding a shutoff of services. The order will also allow utilities to defer any extraordinary debt expense and lost fee revenue that comes about from required customer protections into a regulatory asset for accounting purposes only. Any recovery requests will be considered in a utility’s next rate case or rate recovery filing.

If the pandemic continues past 2020 into 2021 the KCC may extend the consumer protections detailed in the order.

To view the order in its entirety or for more information click here. 

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