As far as I understand, when a line of communication or supply is interrupted, it can be said like this:

They cut off electricity yesterday.

Is it correct? At least Google shows this collocation is often used.

Now what if I want to give additional information as to who exactly was cut off. Can I use indirect object like for the verb give?

They cut off us electricity.

Or should I say:

They cut off electricity to us

And if neither is correct, how would you say it?

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Your second sentence ("They cut off us electricity") is incorrect, and your third is seemingly correct, judging by a Google Books search:

When they dismissed us, they cut off electricity to the villages outside Nablus. (Staughton Lynd, ‎Alice Lynd, ‎Sam Bahour, 1994)

Another option is getting rid of the idea to use an indirect object (or a prepositional phrase like "to us") in favor of the possessive determiner our:

A severe winter storm cut off our electricity for almost a week. (Angelyn J. Keegstra, ‎Shana Galen, 2015)

It went on and on. Then they cut off our electricity, which cut off our water supply. (Morgan & Kennedy, 2004)

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