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Bill Detail: HB22-1018

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Title Electric And Gas Utility Customer Protections
Status Governor Signed (04/21/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
N. Hinrichsen (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/12/2022
Summary

Section 1 of the bill changes the date on which Energy Outreach
Colorado disburses to the department of human services a portion of the
energy assistance system benefit charges that investor-owned electric and
gas utilities collect from January 1, 2022, to March 1, 2023.
Section 2 requires the public utilities commission (commission)
to adopt rules prohibiting electric and gas utilities from disconnecting a

customer's service:
  • On weekends;
  • On state or federal holidays; or
  • After 11:59 a.m. on a weekday that is not a holiday.
Additionally, the commission's rules must require that, under certain
circumstances in which a customer makes a request for reconnection of
service on a Monday through Friday that is not a holiday, the utility is
required to reconnect the customer's service that same day.
Section 3 establishes 3 income standards for determining a
household's eligibility for utility assistance as follows:
  • A household income at or below 200% of the federal
poverty line;
  • A household income at or below 80% of the area median
income; or
  • A household income that meets the income eligibility
criteria that the department sets by rule.
Section 3 also clarifies that the commission may approve a
year-round utility preference or advantage given to income-eligible
customers.

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