More Rhode Islanders have had their gas or electricity shut off so far this year than in all of 2012. That, according to National Grid figures supplied to the state Public Utilities Commission.
In 2012, there were 18,250 shutoffs. There were seven hundred more than that in the first ten months of this year.
It’s a big concern to advocates for the poor like Debbie Clark of the George Wiley Center.
"These are working poor. We’re not talking people who don’t work. This is working poor people we’re talking about, trying to earn a living out there but because of the way the economy is right now they’re struggling to do that. And sometimes working two or three part-time jobs just to try to get by," said Clark.
The Wiley Center is urging the state Public Utilities Commission to hold off on new rules that would require people to be poorer to qualify for shutoff moratorium protection.
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