BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced Healey has filed several initial bills for the 2019-2020 session, including on to protect residential electric customers.
An Act Relative to Protecting Residential Electric Customers would ban new competitive electric supply contracts for residential customers beginning in 2020.
In March 2018, the AG’s Office released a report that found that Massachusetts residential consumers paid competitive electric suppliers $176.8 million more than they would have paid for electricity from their utility between July 2015 and June 2017.
A third year of data shows residential customers lost another $76.2 million, for a three-year total of $253 million.
The report also found that low-income consumers are disproportionately affected.
In October, AG Healey sued competitive electricity supplier Starion Energy for allegedly using unfair and deceptive marketing and sales tactics to lure more than 130,000 Massachusetts consumers into expensive contracts with high electricity rates, overcharging consumers by $30 million.
To prevent further harm, this bill bans new competitive supply contracts in the residential retail market.
HD1204/SD880 is sponsored by Representative Frank Moran (D-Lawrence) and Senator James Welch (D-West Springfield)