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Utility head agrees to answer power disconnection questions

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 15:56:33-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The head of the Arizona's largest electric utility has agreed to answer questions from regulators on the company's disconnection rules.

Arizona Public Service CEO Don Brandt says he would appear before the Arizona Corporation Commission, but he asked for time to prepare answers for the 67 questions regulators sent him.

The questions include inquiries about the 72-year-old Sun City West woman who died last year after the utility shut off her power despite extreme heat. She was $51 behind on her bill.

The utility recently told the commission that two other customers have died after their power was disconnected.

The commission last month barred utility disconnections between June 1 and Oct 15.

The commission has not said if it will allow Brandt more time. It's meeting next week.