Utility Push for Steeper Mandatory Fees on Customers Opposed by 40-State Assoc. of Consumer Protection Officials

Utility Push for Steeper Mandatory Fees on Customers Opposed by 40-State Assoc. of Consumer Protection Officials 

Landmark resolution rejects utility “fixed charge” approach as unreasonable and unfair for low-income, elderly, and minority customers.

PHILADELPHIA, June 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consumer protection officials from 40 states and the District of Columbia came out strongly against the growing trend of gas and electric utilities seeking to raise customers’ mandatory, fixed charges regardless of their actual energy use. State officials meeting last week at the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) mid-year meeting in Philadelphia adopted a resolution on the issue of the fixed charges that many utilities are trying to drive upwards on customer bills.\