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C9C37302C28D10978725850600662E40 Hearing Summary


Date Feb 6, 2020      
Location SCR 352

SB20-030 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

11:36:07 AM  
President Garcia and Senator Rodriguez,
co-prime sponsors, introduced SB20-030, concerning increased consumer protections
for customers of investor-owned utilities.  The bill directs the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC)  to require information from regulated
public utilities, including the number of utility customers exempted from
tiered rates due to medical conditions, and disconnections and delinquencies.
The bill directs the PUC to create rules surronding disconnection due to
non-payment and reporting of consumer positive payment history.  The
bill requires an opt-in from customers if utilities use new non-standard
rates.  The President explained the provided Amendments, L.002 and
L.004 (Attachments A and B).
11:40:19 AM  
The bill sponsors responded to committee
11:42:12 AM  
Bill Levis, representing AARP Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
11:44:17 AM  
Howard Geller, representing Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, testified in support of the bill.
11:48:44 AM  
The witnesses answered questions from the
11:51:44 AM  
Haven Rohnert, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
11:52:50 AM  
Brooke Trammell, representing Xcel Energy, testified in support of the bill if amended.
11:58:38 AM  
Ms. Trammell responded to questions from
the committee.
12:02:54 PM  
Sabrina Padilla, representing Chronic Care Collaborative, testified in support of the bill.
12:03:44 PM  
Andrew Bennett, representing Energy Outreach
Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  He provided a handout
(Attachment C).
12:07:08 PM  
The witnesses responded to committee questions.
12:13:05 PM  
Michael Harrington, representing Black
Hills Energy, testified in support of the bill if amended.
12:13:06 PM  

The committee made comments about the amendments.

12:18:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment A).
Moved Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection

12:19:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B).
Moved Donovan
Foote Yes
Hisey No
Scott No
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
12:19:44 PM  
The sponsors made closing remarks.

12:21:08 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-030, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Donovan
Foote Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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