News: Contentious Rocky Mountain Power bill fails, but backers may try resuscitation

Emma Penrod
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 10, 2016

Rocky Mountain Power’s STEP legislation failed narrowly in the House Thursday afternoon, but environmentalists remain concerned that the bill may return from the dead.

SB115 — which would restructure electrical rates and provide funding for Rocky Mountain Power’s Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan and a rainy day fund for the utility, while offering several environmental perks — went down 33-40 in the House of Representatives.

The bill’s sponsors made several amendments before the vote, giving the Public Service Commission — the three-member body that oversees utilities in Utah — more leeway in deciding which portions of SB115 it would ultimately implement.

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