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Bill protecting consumer energy choices headed for Governor Wolf

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Senate Bill 275, protecting consumer energy choices, is heading to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk.

The bill, which recently advanced through the House of Representatives, prevents Pennsylvania municipalities from shutting down certain utilities, such as natural gas. The “fuel neutral” proposal ensures that no choice, including renewables, is discriminated against, said Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford County), who sponsored the bill.

The bill responds to cities nationwide banning natural gas in newly constructed buildings.

“This will preserve access to reliable electricity no matter where residents live and prevent a chaotic patchwork of regulations that will ultimately undermine statewide environmental and energy policies,” Yaw said. “It also reaffirms what many local and state officials, including the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, already understand to be true: municipalities do not have the authority to restrict energy sources.”

Yaw said protecting energy choices for residents ensures those who want to seek out “cleaner” energy sources can do so without penalizing those who don’t have that option.

“The bottom line is clear – mandates and bans lead to higher costs and slower environmental progress than letting families and businesses use the energy resource that best suits their needs,” said Kevin Sunday, director of Government Affairs of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry. . “On behalf of the PA House, we applaud the legislature for maintaining momentum on this important issue.”