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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 204         FILED ON: 1/11/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 855

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Demetrius J. Atsalis

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act promoting transparency in electric bills.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Demetrius J. Atsalis

2nd Barnstable

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 204        FILED ON: 1/11/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 855

By Mr. Atsalis of Barnstable, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 855) of Demetrius J. Atsalis and others for legislation to establish a framework for consumer electricity rate savings.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act promoting transparency in electric bills.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              An Act Promoting Transparency in Electric Bills

              Whereas, the deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to establish a framework for consumer electricity rate savings and to make certain other changes in law, necessary or appropriate to effectuate important public purposes, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

                              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

             

              SECTION 1.               This Act shall be entitled the “The Ratepayer Protection Act”, and shall be construed in a manner to achieve its public purpose, which is to ensure that affordable electric service be available to all consumers on reasonable terms and conditions.

              SECTION 2.                            Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, each calender year, the department of public utilities shall conduct a public hearing to evaluate the economic consequences to  the consumers of the costs assessed on residential and commercial ratepayers to meet the renewable portfolio standards of the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth’s expenditures for administration and enforcement of all renewable energy programs, incentives, and funding available in the Commonwealth. The department of public utilities shall develop and issue, by Marsh first of each year, a report which shall detail the amount in the previous calendar year of wholesale and retail pricing, that is directly attributable to the Commonwealth’s renewable portfolio standard requirements.  The department may include in such report recommendations to address any identified pricing mechanism flaws that, if corrected, could result in lower energy cost to ratepayers.  The department is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

              SECTION 4.                            Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, beginning January 1, 2012, all electric bills sent to retail and commercial customers by an electric or distribution company or competitive supplier shall include a separate line-item to reflect the rate charged for renewable energy generation, transmission, and distribution services contained in the total retail price. The department is hereby authorized and directed to determine whether any additional information shall be required to be disclosed on the bills and to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subsection. Rules and regulations relative to the appeals process for billing disputes or damage claims made by customers shall be published and distributed to customers as part of an education and outreach program.

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