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STATE SENATOR

Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Electric Customers

This week the Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill that will protect electric consumers from being locked into contracts following rate spikes.

Senate Bill 900 gives you, the customer, more time to cancel a renewed contract with a retail electric supplier without paying a fee.

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Currently suppliers can charge a fee if you cancel a renewed contract within seven days after receiving the contract's first billing statement. This legislation instead lets you cancel without being charged, as long as it's before the renewed contract's first two billing cycles.

This change will eliminate customer confusion and give both customers and suppliers a clear beginning and end date of the cancellation period.

It also provides better protections for you in the case you miss a contract renewal notification or don't fully understand the provisions of the renewal. By having more time, you have the ability to notice the renewal in the first two billing cycles and cancel without being charged.

As the Co-Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, I am proud to have lead passage of this bill that protects the people I represent.