Not all utilities own and operate power plants or generate enough electricity to meet all their needs. As a result, many buy power in the wholesale energy market.
A “smart” electrical grid uses digital and internet-based technological innovation to improve the system’s function.
For most consumers, electricity prices do not reflect the rise and fall in production costs. Costs fluctuate throughout the day as the demand for electricity changes.
Traditionally, both gas and electric utilities have been monopolies subject to government regulation.
A long-term failure to maintain the electric grid combined with more common and severe extreme weather events has challenged the resiliency and reliability of many electric grids.
Water is essential for drinking, cooking, basic hygiene, and sanitation. Community health and prosperity depend directly on a sufficient supply of clean water.
Policymakers should establish rights and protections for customers who face possible termination of service.
Policymakers should prohibit fees for the disconnection or reconnection of customers. If fees are allowed, they should be based on actual utility costs.
State policymakers should prohibit utility deposits for essential residential utility services.
Policymakers should ensure strong consumer protections against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices related to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans.