Legislation allowing new utility rate structures becomes law
ALLENTOWN, Pa., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — State legislation that supports the development of strong, flexible and resilient power grids by allowing utilities to propose new rate-making approaches has been signed into law by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
Wolf signed House Bill 1782 into law Thursday (6/28), six days after the bill earned approval from the full Pennsylvania Senate.
PPL Electric Utilities supported HB 1782 throughout the legislative process. The utility’s president, Greg Dudkin, testified in favor of the bill last November at a hearing of the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee.
“The option for utilities to propose new rate-making structures will benefit customers, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and utilities,” Dudkin said. “As the electric grid evolves to meet new needs, demands, and challenges, the new rate-making options enabled by HB 1782 will help keep it strong for all users.”
HB 1782 received strong support from the Pennsylvania legislature, earning unanimous, bipartisan approval from consumer affairs committees in the House and Senate. The bill was approved in the full House by a vote of 191-1, and in the full Senate by a vote of 41-8.
“We thank legislators for recognizing the importance of HB 1782, and the bill’s many potential benefits,” Dudkin said. “In particular, we appreciate the work of the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sheryl Delozier; House Consumer Affairs Committee Chair Robert Godshall and Democratic Chair Tom Caltagirone; and Sens. Pat Browne, Lisa Boscola and Robert Tomlinson, who led the bill’s passage in the Senate.”