To: Patrice Arent, Brad Dee, Becky Edwards, Keith Grover, Steve Handy, Lynn Hemingway, Keven John Stratton, Kay Christofferson, Earl Tanner, Scott H. Chew, Ken Ivory, Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward,
Subject: IMPORTANT - Senate Bill 115
Date: Wed Mar 09 21:07:44 MST 2016
Senate Bill 115, including all of it's substitutions is a very dangerous bill which truly needs more time to study.
Please VOTE NO on Senate Bill 115.
In part, the latest Fiscal Note reads:
The impact on ratepayers cannot be quantified at this time: in addition to the uncertainty of changes in
cost recovery percentages and specifics of negotiated energy supply contracts, the legislation includes
multiple potential changes to both rates and incentives, without a clear cumulative direction and magnitude.
It would be dangerous to pass legislation in which the cost to the citizens of Utah is unknown at best. The only ones
to truly win from this bill is Rocky Mountain Power, who wrote the bill and is trying to bypass the Utah Publicv Service Commission.
In yesterday's House Public Utilities and Technology Committee hearing, the bill barely made it out of committee on a 6-5 vote.
There are many provisions in the bill which requires the PSC to approve certain things. Is that what is best for the citizens of Utah?
Several legislators and speakers suggested that the word "must" be changed to "may" so that the PSC can study the individual
requests with their professional, experienced staff to determine what is best for everyone involved.
Depsite what RMP says about wanting "fair" rates and rules, what Rocky Mountain Power really wants is to do everything
possible to mazimize their profits -- even at the expense of Utah citizens. You are probably aware that Rocky Mountain
Power is owned by Warren Buffet's Berskhire Hathaway Energy. Berkshire Hathaway Energy is putting extreme
pressure on its operating companies to increase profits and to stop the growth of rooftop solar systems on homes.
Rocky Mountain Power says they are 100% behind solar power initiatives, but the truth is they are really only behind
solar if they are the ones providing it to the public, thus ensuring their profits continue to increase.
Please do not take any action which will allow RMP to bypass the Public Service Commission. There are several
provisions in SB 115 which would do just that. RMP is using it's giagantic lobbying efforts to attempt to bypass the
PSC if they don't get what they want. As you know, the PSC has a staff of professionals who have the knowledge,
expertise and experience to evaluate all requests and then make decisions which are designed to be a win-win for
both Utah citizens and the utility companies. While I don't agree with every decision made by the PSC, at least I
know they are doing their job as they make decisions. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW RMP TO BYPASS THE PSC ON
ANYTHING INVOLVING RATES AND RULES RELATED TO ANY ASPECT OF ELECTRICAL SERVICES, INCLUDING SOLAR.
While SB 115 has some good things, it is full of loopholes and provisions which will only benefit RMP and their profits, while
hurting residential solar net metering, and giving RMP the ability to bypass the PSC on many things.
PLEASE VOTE NO ON SB 115 AND SEND IT TO THE PSC TO STUDY, RESEARCH AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE
FOR NEXT YEAR.