Shutoffs And Climate Justice

TURN Partners to End Shutoffs Convening in Sacramento, CA , January 29 – 31, 2017

Our Partners: City Heights CDC, Housing Long Beach, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Leadership Institute at Allen Temple, and Fathers and Families of San Joaquin

Addressing the Public Health Impact of Utility Disconnections

Stop Shutoffs!

Utility disconnections—or shutoffs—have skyrocketed in recent years.  There were 886 households in California shut off by PG&E, Edison, SDG&E and SoCal Gas in 2017, impacting more than 2.5 million people, most of whom are children.

Our work addresses the housing and public health impact of utility disconnections through research, documentation and community partnerships throughout California. Our goal is to move public health, utility regulatory and elected officials to adopt goals and implement policies that dramatically reduce shutoffs by protecting medically vulnerable households, requiring utility companies to accept affordable payment plans and keeping monthly bills from skyrocketing.

  • In 2016, utility service was terminated for 868,000 California households – representing 2.5 million people, mostly children – a 60% increase from the 547,000 households who were shut off in 2010.
  • Shutoffs create public safety and public health concerns, including unsafe heating and lighting practices.
  • Only 2% of utility customers are registered for Medical Baseline, a program for people with medical conditions that increases energy costs dramatically.
  • 64% of Medical Baseline customers who are shut off are never reconnected.

Our Shut Offs and Climate Justice work is to stop policies that rip off our communities and win policies that save the Environment and money!

TURN believes no one should be cut off from essential electricity, gas or phone service. We hold utility corporations accountable by demanding fair rates, cleaner energy and strong consumer protections

Stop Shutoff Training in Watsonville, California.
September 28 2018