The Electric Universal Service Program (HB 1002) concerns an existing line-item charge on every Marylander’s electric bill.
After collecting too much money from the Universal Service Fund Program, there has been discussion about where to put the excess funds. HB 1002 allows the excess money to be spent on other initiatives when in reality, the money should be returned to the ratepayer!
The bill passed through the House of Delegates by a vote of 125 – 11 and through the Senate unanimously. I voted against this bill.
When ratepayers are overcharged, their money should be returned.
Overhead Power Lines Vs. Private Property Rights
House Bill 1308 authorizes power line companies to effectively condemn land so that high tension power lines can be built.
According to environmentalists, more power lines are needed to transmit electricity from large solar and wind farms. Proponents of green energy didn’t realize that many new high-tension power lines are necessary. Apparently, Wind and Solar farms are not without negative environmental impacts.
The bill passed through the House of Delegates by a vote of 109-29, but did not make it through the Senate. I also voted against this bill. Property owners should not be forced to allow high-tension power lines through their land.
Expect to see this bill again next Legislative Session.
Yours In Service,
Mark N Fisher