Lincoln, Neb (KGFW) - Thursday morning member utilities from the Nebraska Power Association along with stakeholders descended on the State Capitol for a press conference denouncing LB 657 and LB 660, a pair of bills currently in the Natural Resources Committee hearing.
The opposition was joined by various public utilities, city administrators from around the state, customers and more.
LB 657, the Retail Electricity Transparency Act, would require retail electric suppliers to unbundle retail electric rates by July 1, 2018. It would allow customers to see a change in energy charge had occurred but not why it occurred.
Opponents of the bill say there is already a system of communication in place to help customers understand the rate changes. Currently Public Power uses public meetings, open houses, bill stuffers, brochures and electronic media and face-to-face discussions to help educate customers.
Proponents of the bill tout its increased transparency for customers and that it will allow them to be better informed of all their energy costs.
LB 660, the Nebraska Retail Electricity Choice Act, would provide retail choice in the state and allow private electric suppliers to serve retail customers.
The purpose of LB 660 would be to provide choice to customers on where to receive their power and keep costs low by introducing competition into the market.
Both of the bills were heard before the Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.