The end has come for the supply moratorium introduced by Governor Phil Murphy when the COVID-19 pandemic first started.
The moratorium means utilities can send closure notices to the many New Jersey families who are behind on their bills.
The moratorium was extended a few times, most recently in December, but it ends today. Many utilities offer assistance. Some of the programs offered include a family of four with an income of $ 105,000 per year may qualify for the Universal Service Fund Program, while a family of four with an income of about $ 77,000 per year would be eligible for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Utilities asked customers to apply for the programs before the moratorium ended, but only about 10% of customers did so in mid-February.
At the time, about 275,000 customers were 90 days or more behind on their bills, owing a total of $ 331 million.