FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Delegate Jones Passes Bill to Protect Ratepayers With Bipartisan Support
~ HB 2200 passes House of Delegates by 63-47 vote, heads to Senate ~
Delegate Jones today announced that his bill, HB 2200, passed out of the House of Delegates with bipartisan support. The bill would protect Virginia consumers and hold utility monopolies accountable.
“For too long, Dominion Energy has run roughshod over our government and pickpocketed money from ratepayers,” said Delegate Jay Jones. “Over the past three years alone, Dominion has overcharged its customers by over half a billion dollars. This bipartisan bill will better empower the State Corporation Commission to conduct real oversight over utility monopolies, ensure our consumers aren’t being overcharged for their electric bills, and put money back in the pockets of hard-working Virginians. I’m proud to lead the fight to give Virginians a fair shake and thrilled that it has passed out of the House with support from both parties.”
Over the past decade or more, successive bills from the General Assembly have eroded the State Corporation Commission’s oversight power with respect to our electric utilities, which exempts many costs and accounting maneuvers from Commission review. In just three years, Dominion Energy has overcharged its customers by more than $500 million, and the State Corporation Commission is almost powerless to return any of those excess profits back to ratepayers. HB 2200 restores the State Corporation Commission’s oversight power and will aid in holding utility monopolies accountable.