A Need for Energy

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

After nearly moving into her dream home, a Fruita woman says her life spiraled into a nightmare.
Last Friday, her power was shut off and she is trying to get it back on before her baby is delivered.
"I come home at about 9:30 last Friday and I have no power," said Martha Gonzalez.
She was ready to move everything into her new rental home, a newly-built three bedroom house in Fruita.
After that night, however, it got dark.
No lights. no air conditioning, nothing.
She plans on moving within the month, but time is of the essence.
Her new baby girl is due this Sunday.
"The doctor wants to induce labor and I'm telling him no," says Gonzalez, "Let's hold off and wait until we figure this out."
She called XcelEenergy to get the electricity in her name, but they told her they can't because the former tenant, her current landlord owes too much.
They cannot tell her how much is owed by him either because of prvacy rights.
Because her landlord still owes so much, they cannot switch the account over to her until she can prove he has nothing to do with them or the house, but again, he owns the property.
Now, Martha is running out of time and options.
We called Xcel Energy about the situation and they gave a tip so you don't get stuck in the dark.
Ask your new landlord to check the last utility bill, so you can check for red flags in their bill as well.


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