News: Amended Rocky Mountain Power bill moves forward as opponents go neutral

Emma Penrod
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 8, 2016

The controversial bill tied to Rocky Mountain Power’s STEP initiative is on its way to the House floor after a narrow committee decision, with many of the bill’s opponents backing away from the discussion and lawmakers saying it’s still unclear how portions of the bill will affect the utility’s customers.

Members of the House Public Utilities and Technology Committee questioned whether state legislators had access to the information and expertise necessary to make an appropriate decision on SB115, which would provide funding for the utility’s Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan and restructure energy rates.

But repeated attempts to subject the bill to further research and oversight were narrowly defeated, and the bill eventually received an equally slim favorable recommendation in a 6-5 vote.

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