Utility shut-off restrictions
Governments can ban utility disconnects for nonpayment during heat emergencies. Providing low-income families access to air conditioning and other utilities during high temperatures can save lives.
Mandate that utility companies cannot shut-off essential utilities for nonpayment during an extreme heat event.
Considerations for Use
Restrictions should be clearly defined by temperature thresholds. Eligibility can be determined through income requirements, certain medical conditions, or other socioeconomic factors. Shut-off restrictions should be accompanied by community education on ways to conserve energy.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
Trigger Points:No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Sectors:Informal Settlements, Public Works
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Emergency response and management
Metrics:Number of families participating in program
Intervention Scale:City, State/Province
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Industry, State/provincial government
Funding Sources:Private investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Save on utilities