To allow discounted electricity rates for the Hemlock Semiconductor company, which makes solar cells and is owned by Dow, Corning and a Japanese company. Current law prohibits cross-subsidization of regulated utility rates between residential and commercial/industrial customers (meaning residential customers pay more so that an industrial customer can pay less). The bill authorizes the state Public Service Commission to permit an exception for Hemlock, and going forward perhaps some other firms. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Energy Policy Committee on May 1, 2018
Reported in the House on May 15, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.