Utility disconnection moratorium extended until July 31

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Utilities and Transportation Commission has extended protections for electric and natural gas customers struggling to pay their bills due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A previous order preventing investor-owned energy utilities from disconnecting customers that was set to expire on April 30 has been extended to July 31. In addition, utilities will continue to waive late fees and deposits through Jan. 27, 2022.