If you live in Iowa, your help is urgently needed. Two good pieces of legislation that would lower your energy bills are stalled in the statehouse. Unless legislators hear from you now, this money-saving legislation will die before the full House and Senate can vote on it.
House Study Bill 150 and Senate Study Bill 1191 would save you money by requiring Iowa electric and natural gas utilities to invest in strong energy efficiency programs, the cheapest way to meet our energy needs. According to current filings before the Iowa Utilities Board, energy efficiency costs only 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while new coal generation can cost more than three times as much. Some current studies put the cost of power from new nuclear plants at 25 to 30 cents per kilowatt hour.
Energy efficiency is common sense, but some utility companies don’t want to bother. They can put more of your hard-earned dollars in their pockets if they build new coal plants and new nuclear plants instead. Call these legislators today and ask them to move the bills forward!
Rep. Pat Murphy (HSB 150) Pat.M...@legis.state.ia.us (563) 582-5922
Governor Chet Culver (515) 281-5211 (Please ask the Governor to tell the committee members to move the bills forward.)
Senator Jerry Behn (SSB 1191) jerry...@legis.state.ia.us (515) 432-7327
Senator Tom Hancock (SSB 1191) tom.h...@legis.state.ia.us (563) 876-3219
Senator Tom Rielly (SSB 1191) tom.r...@legis.state.ia.us (641) 673-5878
Rep. Nick Wagner (HSB 150) nick....@legis.state.ia.us (515) 281-3221
The full text of HSB 150 is available at http://tinyurl.com/Iowa-HSB-150.
The full text of SSB 1191 is available at http://tinyurl.com/Iowa-SSB-1191.
Thank you for helping Iowans save money on their energy bills!