A bipartisan group of legislators and clean energy supporters hope a bill opening the state for greater competition in energy suppliers will pass on its third attempt.
The Senate Clean Energy Access Act and the House Energy Freedom Acts are designed to allow companies who provide alternative energy sources to be allowed to operate in areas of the state already serviced by monopoly utilities companies or cooperatives.
“This is not a partisan issue,” said State Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston. Similar bills were introduced in two previous legislative sessions but didn’t pass.
McCoy referenced a 2018 bill which would have lifted the two percent cap for “net metering,” which allowed solar customers to credit the energy their panels created onto their monthly power bills. It initially passed the House before opponents were able to use rarely-used procedural rules to force a two-thirds majority vote, which failed. [Read more…]