Mar. 26, 2024

HARRISBURG – State. Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) is joining seven other state House Republicans to introduce a package of bills that will address energy affordability across the Commonwealth.

Kaufer’s legislation seeks to repurpose money from Act 129 of 2008, which expanded the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) oversight responsibilities, to redirect unused dollars for energy efficiency and conservation programs. Since energy costs have been hitting consumers especially hard, Kaufer’s bill seeks to repurpose these dollars for a multitude of uses – the most direct would be having the money flow back to ratepayers as a negative surcharge.

“Despite having abundant energy resources right here in Pennsylvania, our families and businesses pay too much to heat their homes and turn the lights on. We must do more to lower out-of-pocket costs consumers spend on energy as they work to make ends meet, and that is what my legislation would do,” said Kaufer. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance real ways to save on energy costs as we look to make it more affordable to live and work in Pennsylvania.”

There are nine bills that are being introduced as a package and will address things such as creating an independent energy advocate, extending the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, redeveloping now-shuttered energy production facilities, and identifying how regulations impact the affordability for communities at risk for energy poverty, to name a few.

For more information on this package of bills, go here.

Representative Aaron Kaufer
120th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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