Transparency in Utility Bills

(April 12) – Majority Leader KC Becker and Rep. Daneya Esgar passed a bill out of the House Transportation Committee this afternoon that requires more transparent information to be posted on electric bills.

“Given changes in technology and energy, there’s more desire from customers to access information about utilities,” said Majority Leader Becker, D-Boulder. “This bill will help our citizens understand their energy bills and figure out how they can be more efficient in their energy use—it’s good for the utility company, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for the customers.”

“People in my neck of the woods have been telling me for years that they struggle to understand their energy bills,” said Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo. “Right now, their bill gives a bunch of numbers with no explanation. It’s their money, let’s let them know what they’re spending it on. This bill makes sure that customers have the opportunity to learn more about rates, energy usage, and to know what they are paying for.”

SB17-105 requires each customer’s utility bill to include commonsense explanations of costs, including a line-item representation of all monthly charges and credits; clear explanations of tiered usage rates; a glossary of terms; an explanation of possible fees; a graph showing the current month’s usage compared with the past 12 months;  and data about any  demand rates that were charged.

The 8-4 vote sends the bill to the House floor.

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