Massachusetts: DPU asks utilites to not shut off customers’ power during heat wave

Four major public utility companies are complying with a request from the state’s department of public utilities, asking public utility companies to not shut off the power to residential customers while the heat wave lasts here in the northeast. The request aimed at protecting residents, as temps soar into the 90s.

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities chairman Ann Berwick says that includes customers whose bills are overdue.

Berwick says all four public utility companies who service Massachusetts: NSTAR Electric, National Grid, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric have all agreed to the request.

The request comes amid a heat wave blanketing the area, with temperatures soaring into the 90s, and heat indexes making the air feel like its 100 to 105 degrees.

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