AARP fights utility rate hikes

The Public Service Commission has scheduled three night public hearings in regards to the pending SCE&G permanent rate reduction case. The hearings are open to the public and you can sign up to testify. AARP South Carolina staff and volunteers will be on site to greet you and answer any questions you may have.
The South Carolina Senate could vote at any moment on extremely important bills to protect utility ratepayers like you.
AARP South Carolina supports a full repeal of the Base Load Review Act, which allowed SCE&G to charge customers for the nuclear power plant as it was being constructed. Unfortunately, accountability and transparency went by the wayside with the passage of the BLRA. Click here to tell your state senator to pass House Bill 4375 or call this toll free number 1-844-250-5544 to be connected to your Senator.
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AARP Oklahoma announced today its support of Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s motions to lower utility rates as a result of federal corporate tax reductions taking effect in 2018. Due to recent changes in tax law, utilities in Oklahoma will have their tax payments reduced collectively by $100 million a year, including a reduction of $52 million for OG&E and $24 million for PSO.
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Empire District electric is asking the Corporation Commission to increase customer utility rates by $42 per month in the next four years!  How will they do that?  By phasing in higher rates, a bit at a time. The trick is, Empire will charge you for the full rate amount they didn't get in the first two years and make you pay it in year four, plus interest.  This amounts to $42 more per month on the average customer's bill.  That's $500 more in a year!
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