The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. assured last week that it accepts the CNMI stimulus card as payment for utility bills, installation, and other fees and charges, including pre-pay load.
However, the stimulus cards cannot be used to directly purchase prepaid electricity usage online through CUC’s PayGo portal due to the stimulus cards’ “local restrictions.” To resolve this, customers can “visit a CUC payment branch on any island and a CUC representative can assist you to pre-pay load for your PayGo account.”
The stimulus cards are georestricted to purchases within the CNMI, as the intention of the stimulus cards is to boost CNMI-based businesses, according to a Frequently Asked Questions section of the CNMI Department of Finance website. Although CUC is CNMI-based, the main website for PayGo is U.S.-based, and as such a transaction on the PayGo website using the stimulus card will be barred.
PayGo is an online utilities-billing solution used by utilities companies throughout the United States to offer customers pre-paid or post-paid account options for utilities payments.