Utilities stop electrical power suspensions in wake of coronavirus


Major utilities in Oklahoma have joined those nationally in halting service disconnections because of the coronavirus spread.

OGE and Public Service Company of Oklahoma took the action and created flexible payment plans to help customers deal with the spread of the virus.

“We are temporarily suspending disconnects for nonpayment.  We know our customers are concerned about their families and ensuring they have reliable electric service allows them to focus on staying healthy.  This is a temporary measure to provide short-term relief for customers,” stated Stan Whiteford, a spokesman for PSO.

“Note that any customer who is having trouble paying their bill is encouraged to call us to make pay arrangements.  The number to call is 888-216-3523.”

Oklahoma Gas and Electric made a similar announcement over the weekend.

Some states ordered a suspension of service disconnections and local governments such as Seattle, Washington and Austin, Texas did the same.