2015 Senate Bill 247

Completely restore big utility monopolies

Introduced in the Senate

March 26, 2015

Introduced by Sen. Ken Horn (R-32)

To essentially eliminate the last remnants of a 2000 law that took away regional electric utility monopolies and authorized customer choice, a regime that was mostly eliminated by a 2008 law that essentially restored the monopolies by limiting customer choice to just 10 percent of the market. Existing customer contracts with competing electricity providers would be “grandfathered,” but no additional customers could get service from a competing provider, and a utility could refuse to sell power to the former customer of a competitor for up to five years if the customer did not immediately drop the competitor’s service.

Referred to the Committee on Environment, Energy, and Technology