State Rep. Chris Millis may have been shot down in committee by ONE VOTE (15-16) in his effort to sunset the renewable energy mandates and reduce EVERYONE’s power bills. But he’s still fighting. The Pender County Republican fired off THIS email to his colleagues today:
From: Rep. Chris Millis
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 12:24 PM
Subject: Public Staff Memo on the PCS for HB 681
Dear fellow members, please find attached to this email a memorandum prepared by our Public Staff (the entity that represents the energy ratepayer to the Utilities Commission) regarding the downward pressure on future energy cost in our state if the PCS to HB 681 is allowed to see passage into law. The technical memo addresses the matter completely, but I will point out the following statement: “Several components of the PCS could limit or reduce upward pressure on future rates…”.
Simply, we if do nothing this session we will continue to see rising energy prices that will rise at a rate greater than if we would simply pass the PCS to HB 681…this bill softly handles the matter…the bill moves to greatly protect our energy ratepayers and to set North Carolina up for further growth in the Southeast…
I have attached the memo for your use…
I have attached the PCS for HB 681 for your read…
I have provided a link to the committee transcript for your understanding…
And I ask the support of our caucus for this gracious compromise to address a part of our Republican Party Platform.
The PCS was voted down in committee 15-16 last week. With a proper understanding of what the bill does and the magnitude of the support behind this bill I strongly ask our Caucus to formally reconsider. Thank you all!
Rep. Chris Millis
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 609
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
Here is the version of the bill that got shot down in committee. Here is the analysis from the Public Staff which suggests Millis’s bill could very well bring consumers’ utility bills down for years to come. Both of these documents pretty thoroughly shoot down arguments by folks like, oh, Kelly Hastings suggesting that HB 681 is “too liberal” or a “tax increase.”
HB 681 lightens the financial burden on North Carolinians for years to come. It’s a no-brainer. Connect with your legislators and tell them to get this DONE.