As previously reported, the OMA has sounded the alarm regarding a House-approved utility law proposal in the state’s two-year budget (House Bill 33), which is currently before the Senate for consideration.
The provision would erode important customer protections while allowing electric utilities to be fully compensated by ratepayers for potential “economic development” or “infrastructure” projects — regardless of whether the projects were used or came to fruition.
Kim Bojko, the OMA’s energy counsel, this week urged the Senate Finance Committee to remove the House provision when it unveils its substitute bill, expected next week. Watch and read Bojko’s testimony. 5/31/2023