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Gov. Cooper bars utility shutoffs for 60 days

Gov. Roy Cooper’s office issued Executive Order No. 124 this afternoon, barring utility shutoffs in North Carolina for 60 days.

The following statement was issued late this afternoon:

Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Prohibit Utility Disconnections in the Wake of COVID-19 

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced another step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. Today’s Order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services for the next 60 days.

The Order directs utilities to give residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment.

Telecommunication companies that provide phone, cable and internet services are strongly urged to follow these same rules.

“This action is particularly important since tomorrow is the first of the month, and I know that’s a date many families fear when they can’t make ends meet,” said Governor Cooper. “These protections will help families stay in their homes and keep vital services like electricity, water, and communications going as we Stay at Home.”

Additionally, the Order encourages banks not to charge customers for overdraft fees, late fees and other penalties. Landlords are strongly encouraged in the Order to follow the spirit of Chief Justice Cheri Beasley’s Order and delay any evictions that are already entered in the court system.

Governor Cooper was joined by Attorney General Josh Stein to announce the order and he thanked companies that have already voluntarily announced policies to prevent shutoffs, including Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, AT&T, and local electric co-ops, among many others. Today’s Order follows the Governor’s Stay At Home order, which is in effect until April 29.

The Council of State concurred with the Order today.

Read the full Order here.

Read an FAQ about the Order here.

The NC Department of Revenue also announced expanded tax relief measures today, waiving penalties for late filing or payments of multiple state tax categories. Learn more about this tax relief here.

Make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which includes daily updates on positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

4 Comments


  1. Elaine

    April 1, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Should have included internet/cable providers as kids are having to distant learn. Some parents are having to choose between food and internet..

  2. Vickie Lewis

    April 1, 2020 at 11:10 am

    SHOULD OF INCLUDED NC RESIDENTS THST HAVE TO GET THEIR POWER FROM GEORGIA “BLUE RIDGE MTN EMC”

  3. Vickie Lewis

    April 1, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Some of WNC residents have to use Blue Ridge Mtn EMC. That is located in Georgia. I called and they are not going to do what Governor Cooper said.
    That’s not right because we have no other choice of a power company

  4. Sarah

    April 1, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    It obviously isn’t good for electric company’s that buy power from other companies! Tideland Emc told us they are still doing shit-offs due to them not making power but having to buy there power!

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