The California Public Utilities Commission took the action in response to an alarming increase in shutoffs.
According to a report by a consumer group, household shut-offs in PG&E service areas are up 40 percent over last year -- and up 75 percent in low-income areas.
The temporary moratorium will be in place until January 4th.
If you're struggling with your economic situation, call 211. It's a free service offered by United Way of the Bay Area to link you to services.