CLEAN CURRENTS VOICES SUPPORT FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION AND EDUCATION BILL IN MARYLAND
Only Energy Supplier in the State Supporting Measure toProtect Consumers from Questionable Practices
(ANNAPOLIS, MD) - Clean Currents President Gary Skulnik is voicing strong support for HB 781, Delegate Al Carr’s Consumer Protection and Education Bill, as it works its way through the Economic Matters Committee in the Maryland General Assembly. The bill clarifies the rules of the electricity market, making it easier for consumers to make educated decisions about switching electricity suppliers. It also offers additional protections for consumers, shielding them from questionable marketing practices of electric companies. Other energy suppliers, including Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), Dominion Retail, and the Retail Energy Association, are working to kill the bill.
“We believe that the key to market growth is having clear rules and protections for consumers, which prevent bad actors from using questionable marketing practices,” said Skulnik. “Protecting the integrity of the market is good for competition and ultimately good for Maryland consumers.”
Del. Carr of Kensington is the lead sponsor of the bill. He says he has received complaints from constituents about the practices of some energy suppliers in his area. Among the items the bill seeks to correct are allowing customers to opt out of automatic renewal clauses, requiring energy suppliers to accept email notification from customers, and forcing companies that provide variable rate offers to notify customers when prices increase.
“I commend Del. Carr for recognizing the importance of this issue and for taking a strong stand to protect Maryland consumers while also building a robust energy market,” added Skunik.
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