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'Inflation is hurting Virginians:' Lawmakers introduce Affordable Energy Bill


Nov. 2, 2022 - With the high energy costs Virginians have been facing, lawmakers have introduced a bill called the Affordable Energy Bill. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)
Nov. 2, 2022 - With the high energy costs Virginians have been facing, lawmakers have introduced a bill called the Affordable Energy Bill. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)
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With the high energy costs Virginians have been facing, lawmakers have introduced a bill called the Affordable Energy Bill.

It would allow the state corporation commission, which regulates electric utilities, to lower bills when they deem them unreasonable or unjust.

Peter Anderson, the Virginia Policy Director with Appalachian Voices, a member of the Energy Burden Coalition, said they are urging all lawmakers to pass this bill.

"It is a bipartisan bill, we think it makes a lot of sense to help people living in their districts, you know, kind of get a handle on their rising cost of living," Anderson said.

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One of our local lawmakers, Steve Newman said he does support this bill.

"Inflation is hurting Virginians out there, but when it comes as to their energy costs, they've just gone off the scale and Governor Youngkin and I and others are going to do everything we can to fix that," Newman said.

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Anderson added that they encourage lawmakers to support this act instead of pieces of legislation that are sponsored by the monopoly utilities.

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