SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – SMUD announced Friday it will hold off on turning customers’ power off for non-payment until the end of June at the earliest.
The utility said in a news release that it will extend the suspension of shutoffs due to the widespread impact of COVID-19 until June 30, 2021. It first suspended power disconnection due to non-payment in March 2020.READ MORE: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
“We stand by our community during these tough times,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau. “This prolonged pandemic has put a strain on our local economy and we’re committed to ensuring that ALL customers have safe and reliable power as we work through these unprecedented times.”READ MORE: Sacramento Kings Tickets Back On Sale, But COVID-19 Guidelines Will Discourage Booing Or Yelling
Customers who are behind on their payments will still have to make them up. The Utility District encourages people who are seeking payment options, assistance rates, or information about other programs to call them.MORE NEWS: Placer County Deputy Investigating Mail Theft Finds Out He Himself Was A Victim
SMUD serves Sacramento County and small portions of Placer and Yolo counties.