At the invitation of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), APGA staff presented on recent state legislation related to energy choice. At State and Regional Policy Committee meeting on June 18, APGA staff spoke specifically on recent bills passed in Oklahoma and Louisiana. These states followed Arizona and Tennessee, which have also passed legislation ensuring their citizens have a choice in the energy for their homes and businesses. While the bill may be structured differently based on the laws of the state, the outcome ensures individual cities and towns can’t mandate electrification, like occurred in Berkeley, California. Along with APGA staff, a representative from the American Gas Association (AGA) spoke on whether future state legislatures will consider similar bills in 2020. It seems that most are rightly focused on providing the needed resources to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Other balanced energy bills will likely be seen around the US in 2021 legislative cycles. APGA staff will continue to monitor and engage as appropriate. Know that members will be updated when new and pertinent information is available.
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