The deadline for signing up for a payment plan with Georgia Power to catch up on unpaid bills accumulated during the shutdown is July 15.
In March, Georgia Power and many other utilities put a moratorium on disconnections so that even if people couldn’t pay their power bills, their electricity wouldn’t get turned off. The utilities stopped disconnecting customers when people began sheltering in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Georgia Power’s moratorium ends Wednesday.
That’s also the deadline for people who fell behind on bills since March to sign up for a payment plan with the utility.
“Customers who sign up for these payment plans, they’re actually not going to pay that bill yet,” said Georgia Power spokeswoman Allison Gregoire. “They’re going to start paying it in October, and they’re going to pay it in six installments from October 2020 to March 2021, and they’re not going to pay any late fees.”
For July bills going forward, payments will be due on time again.
There are also other programs to help with utility bill payments. The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services administers a grant for low-income energy bill assistance, and the Salvation Army runs a program that helps with emergency bill payment needs.