Arkansas regulators negotiate shutoffs and late bill fees with Summit Utilities Inc.


Summit Utilities Inc., an Arkansas company that has customers in Oklahoma and is also regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, wants to resume its plan of disconnecting customers and charging late-fee penalties later in the summer.

And that’s where the rub lies with Arkansas regulators after the firm said it had more than 43,000 homeowners in the state who would be subject to shutoffs if the disconnect plan were in place.

Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin isn’t quite ready to approve of the plan. He wants a more cautious approach reported the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Summit has 525,000 customers in Arkansas, Oklahoma and the Texarkana, Texas region. It is unknown if the shutoff program would apply to customers in Oklahoma. But a Corporation Commission spokesman indicated no such request was made by Summit.

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