Protect Iowa Residents from Discriminatory Pricing by Their Utility Company
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Senate Study Bill 3093 was introduced in the Iowa Legislature on January 29th 2018. This bill will allow for far-reaching changes to undermine solar and net-metering.
SSB 3093 could undermine the economic viability of solar net-metering. The bill will allow utilities to set "revenue neutral" tariffs on solar customers. Fixed or demand charges could be altered with little oversight. Utilities would be able to charge solar customers higher rates and prevent solar from offsetting energy costs. A copy of the bill can be found HERE (Solar proposals are in Sections 15 & 17).
Key points about this bill:
- Allows electric and natural gas utilities to establish discriminatory rates for customers with solar/Distributed Generation (Sec. 17).
- Allows an Investor Owned Utility to file “at any time” for voluntary rates and change rates and tariffs for any customers as long as it meets certain ‘revenue neutral’ criteria.
- This allows changes to rates for customers with solar, such as high fixed charges or demand charges, with very little oversight. These changes in rates could weaken net metering or make it irrelevant.
- The Iowa Utilities Board must rule within 30 days of the filing or the tariff is deemed approved.
- The Utilities Board is not required to hold a hearing.
Your voice can help stop this bill:
1. Contact your representative and let them know you are not in favor of this bill.
2. Sign our petition
Not sure who your representative is?
You can go HERE to enter your zip code and find your representative. Email and phone templates are available at the link and below.
Phone script template:
My name is [NAME] and I am from [CITY]. I am calling to let you know that I am not in favor of Senate Study Bill 3093 due to allowing discriminatory rates to be established for customers with solar and other distributed generation. This bill would allow for utilities to change rates for customers with very little oversight by the Iowa Utilities Board. This bill would kill the solar industry in Iowa. Solar has created hundreds of good paying jobs and has generated a capital investment of over 166 million dollars over the past 6 years spread through all 99 counties. I appreciate your support in helping to stop this bad bill.
SUBJECT: Vote No on SSB 3093/HSB 595
Dear [Senator or Representative],
Please vote no on SSB 3093/HSB 595. The bill is anti-free market, anti-consumer choice, and anti-solar.
[Personal story about you or your business]
Deregulation Without Competition
SSB 3093/HSB 595 deregulate electricity providers while at the same time ensuring they have no competition. As you know, electricity providers in Iowa enjoy state-mandated monopoly status. The trade-off is that their decisions to increase rates or charge particular customers more than others are subject to review by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) or anti-discrimination language in the Iowa Code. The bill gives them the ability to unilaterally raise rates on any class of customers they choose with no state oversight or competitive pressure.
SSB 3093/HSB 595 are anti-consumer choice. Iowans have no choice in electricity provider. The legislation removes Iowans' ability to “grow their own” energy by generating it themselves through solar or other renewable sources. The bills would prohibit Iowans’ ability to choose that kind of self-reliance.
The solar industry provides hundreds of good-paying jobs for Iowans and continues to grow. The industry has generated capital investment of over $166,000,000 over the last six years spread through all 99 counties. Those jobs and capital investments would be eliminated by SSB 3093/HSB 595.
Current law provides electricity providers a process to request the ability to charge solar or any other customer more than others with IUB approval. SSB 3093/HSB 595 removes monopoly electricity providers’ regulatory oversight but leaves no competitors to keep rates down or give consumers any choice.
Please vote no on SSB 3093/HSB 595.
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