AARP needs YOUR help to Protect Maryland rate payers!
Last week, despite the calls and letters from hundreds of AARP volunteer advocates like you, the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB 653/SB 572 "Electric Companies and Gas Companies – Rate Regulation – Alternative Rate Plans". Now this arcane legislation, which kneecaps the role of the Public Service Commission to protect against unfair rate hikes, is under consideration in the Senate.
The bill is described as a"Utility Wish List" because the Energy Lobby LOVES it!Just look at who is working behind the scenes in Annapolis to fix the system against ratepayers.
The Utility Wish List puts Maryland consumers at risk by upending the regulatory authority of the Public Service Commission, by skewing regulatory proceedings to favor utilities at the expense of gas and electric customers, households and businesses.
AARP Maryland OPPOSES this bill. You should too!
The measure overturns existing utility regulation, which protects rate payers - especially older rate payers on fixed incomes.
The legislation requires the Public Service Commission to consider the adoption of "alternative" regulation as state policy, regardless of any evidence otherwise, and almost certainly requiring that regulated utilities would be given an upper hand over consumers, resulting in higher prices.As filed, AARP believes this legislation contains many anti-consumer provisions that could dramatically tilt the way the Maryland Public Service Commission sets energy rates.
Ask your Senators to consider how these changes to regulatory oversight of the gas and electric industry benefit you.
AARP, the Public Service Commission and the Office of People’s Counsel are united in opposting this legislation.
This ANTI-CONSUMER bill is moving fast. Contact your representatives NOW and tell them to "Vote NO on HB 653/SB 572!"
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Dear [Decision Maker],
Last week, the Maryland House of Delegates sided with Energy Industry lobbyists to pass HB 653/SB 572 "Electric Companies and Gas Companies Rate Regulation Alternative Rate Plans," also known as the "Utility Wish List." This anti-consumer legislation will upend the regulatory authority of the Public Service Commission, which protects Maryland's utility rate payers, especially seniors on fixed incomes.Please stand up to the Energy Lobby and vote "No" on this bill.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]