NB Power says it has requested a pause on its rate application and committed to not disconnecting any customers for lack of payment until further notice.

The Crown corporation announced the decision in a message to customers on Tuesday in which the company sought to provide clarity in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“The situation has been changing by the minute and has led to a lot of uncertainty on how we move forward in these unprecedented times,” reads a release from NB Power.

“The company acknowledges that the province’s residents may have difficulty paying their bills as a result of illness, job loss or requirements to self-isolate.”

As a result, NB Power says it has asked the province’s energy and utilities board to delay rendering a decision on its general rate application and the implementation of smart meters.

If it was fully accepted, the application would have seen a 1.9 per cent rate increase beginning April 1.

The Crown corporation says it will “not be disconnecting customers for non-payment until further notice” and that it has cancelled all planned power outages.

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