HB 301, which raises the Alternative Energy Fund rider on manufacturers' electric bills from pennies per meter to $50 per meter, received its fourth hearing in the House Alternative Energy Committee. The rider was set to expire at the end of 2010. The Edison Welding Institute testified in support stating "We believe use of the Advanced Energy Fund revenue rider as discussed in HB 301 is an appropriate funding approach..."
The OMA had previously sent a letter to the sponsor of the bill stating that SB 221 provisions already support advanced energy industries. This bill would add yet another rider (increase) on manufacturers' bills.