Southern California Edison’s attempt to circumvent a no-shutoff policy for low-income customers this winter will fail if a proposed California Public Utilities Commission decision is approved February 16. Energy bills were expected to be astronomical this winter, so regulators instituted the policy in October to protect struggling ratepayers. The policy prohibits turning off customers? power if they pay half of their utility bill. Edison seeks to be exempt from the rule because it does not provide gas but only electricity.