The Utah Public Service Commission has decided to look more deeply into what impact utility billing procedures and security deposit requirements have on the poor.
Commissioners indefinitely postponed a hearing Monday that was to focus on security deposit practices used by Utah Power & Light Co.Commission spokesman Steve Hewlett said a hearing will be held Tuesday, May 7, to initiate a generic docket that will allow all utility companies and other interested groups to become involved.
From that hearing, a hearing schedule will be established along with technical conferences intended to identify specific concerns to be addressed in the hearings.
The action was prompted by a letter from the Salt Lake Community Action Program, the Community Coalition of Utah and Utah Issues.
In a letter to the commission, Salt Lake CAP spokesman Joe Duke-Rosati asked the commission to hold broad-based hearings on four specific issues, service disconnection, security deposits, late-payment charges and deferred-payment plans.
Hewlett said other issues may be identified for consideration during the technical conference. Groups wishing to participate will have an opportunity to identify issues and provide witnesses to testify concerning those issues.