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VA House Passes Leader Toscano’s Amendment to Bar Utilities from Double Charging Consumers for Infrastructure Improvements

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From the VA House Dems:

House Passes Leader Toscano’s Amendment to Bar Utilities from Double Charging Consumers for Infrastructure Improvements

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia House of Delegates today passed House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano’s amendment to HB 1558 that would prevent utility companies, such as Dominion Energy, from charging consumers twice for infrastucture investments.

The amendment was to a bill that would undo the rate freeze of 2015 and subject Dominion’s rate changes to review by the State Corporation Commission. The amendment clarifies that Dominion would not be able to “double dip” by charging consumers twice for infrastructure upgrades and other green energy initiatives.

“The utilities have said there is no ‘double-dip’ in the bill, but not all consumer groups agree,” said Leader Toscano. “This amendment clarifies that there will be no double collection. This bill is by no means perfect, but one of the big objections I have heard from my constituents was to the potential ‘double-dipping’ issue. By passing this amendment, the House has made this imperfect bill better. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we work to invest in green energy while also protecting consumers.”

  • Only one Democrat opposed Del. Sam Rasoul’s amendment to limit amount Dominion can charge for “undergrounding.” Guess who it was (that’s right, the Dominion tool who should never be Speaker)

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-admin/upload.php?item=39610

  • Video: Delegates Lee Ware (R), Mark Keam (D) demolish Dominion bill – “how should a monopoly utility be regulated?” “what we’re fixing to do is…almost get rid of the strike zone” “will it be the regulated that becomes the regulator?” “it’s a fundamental question of what is the role of us as legislators?” “I have not seen a single time…when this General Assembly let the SCC do its job just as we told them to do it” “I’m starting to feel like Charlie Brown and Lucy; every time I trust you…[now Dominion] wants us to trust them once again” “what is our role as legislators…are we going to…let the regulators regulate the industry that we said should be re-regulated?”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc9Uicwzu0U

  • Laura Lee

    Interesting I have not heard a peep about this on the local news

    • “Local news” is kind of an oxymoron when it comes to stuff that doesn’t bleed, burn, crash, etc.