Utah legislators are considering a bill that would put profits for electric utility stockholders ahead of the public good.
Senate Bill 208, sponsored by Curtis Bramble, removes from current law the criterion that "public policy is best served" when setting guidelines for metering renewable energy produced by private citizens ("Utah bill to impose fees on solar power users advances," Tribune, Feb. 24).
The bill adds a provision allowing the utility — in this case Rocky Mountain Power / PacifiCorp — to impose new rules and, presumably, charges that may differ from established local and national standards.
SB208 would weaken the Public Service Commission’s power to regulate RMP/PacifiCorp and further limit the public’s ability to challenge rates and fees. This bill helps put Rocky Mountain Power and its parent, PacifiCorp, in the driver’s seat regarding Utah’s energy future.
Our lawmakers should be told to put the brakes on SB208.
Stanley T. Holmes
Salt Lake City
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