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1/30/2015 Rep. Lancia asks for vote on electricity price hikes
STATE HOUSE - Representative Robert B. Lancia (R- District 16 Cranston) will introduce a bill that would require the General Assembly to approve electric rate increases.  According to the bill, approval is only required if electricity rates increase in excess of five percent within a three-year period.
 
“Rhode Islanders pay too much for electricity.” stated Lancia.  “Costs that ranked among the highest in the country have gone up even further as a result of the last rate increase.  The General Assembly needs to be more involved in this process.”
 
The Public Utilities Corporation conducts hearings and docket proceedings to discuss all rate increases requested by National Grid. 
 
“The PUC works tirelessly in our state to resolve pricing matters with National Grid.  My bill will not limit their authority or take away from their work; the General Assembly only becomes involved on successive yearly rate increases.”
 
“As it stands now, the General Assembly has a limited role in the PUC discussions.  My bill would ensure that the energy cost conversation comes to the House of Representatives.  This body must discuss and mitigate the impact of electric rate increases.” said Lancia.   “Our constituents deserve a say in this important discussion.  We, in the Assembly, were elected to hear these very concerns.”
 
“Historically, Rhode Island has exhibited high energy costs.  These high costs have impacted our business community and job market.  The Legislature must undertake actions to contain multi-year energy price increases and foster a better environment to create jobs.”


For more information, contact:
Lisa Blais, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259