PennFuture, a Harrisburg-based nonprofit
environmental-advocacy group, is pushing a bill that would reduce Pennsylvania’s energy
use and require all electricity customers to have smart meters within 10 years.
The group today held a press conference at the state Capitol
to urge legislators to back HB 2200, which requires conservation in all parts
of the state and a 4-percent reduction in peak demand of current levels of
electricity use by 2012.
The bill also requires that all electricity customers
receive a smart meter within 10 years. Smart meters allow customers to monitor
and manage electricity use.
In addition, the bill would create a tiered pricing
structure, according to PennFuture. Electricity customers would be able to
choose from their current plan based on an average rate, a rate that differs
between peak and off-peak hours, and an hourly rate.
The bill also limits what costs electricity providers can
pass onto customers, with a large focus on costs associated with labor