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File #: 19-0127R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Reform Residential Retail Electricity and Natural Gas Markets
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/14/2019 In control: Judiciary and Legislative Investigations
On agenda: Final action: 3/11/2019
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Title: Request for State Action - Reform Residential Retail Electricity and Natural Gas Markets For the purpose of calling on the Baltimore City delegation to the 2019 Maryland General Assembly to create legislation that requires the Public Service Commission to collect and analyze retail electric and natural gas supplier actual rates, usage, and zip-code information and data for residential customers; eliminate retail supplier individual residential market contracts; make aggregated supply options that would lower costs available to households; and enact additional consumer pricing and contract safeguards for all Maryland residents who choose third-party energy supply.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, John T. Bullock, Ryan Dorsey, Zeke Cohen, Kristerfer Burnett, President Young, Mary Pat Clarke, Shannon Sneed, Sharon Green Middleton, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. 19-0127R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_19-0127R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Henry


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Reform Residential Retail Electricity and Natural Gas Markets
For the purpose of calling on the Baltimore City delegation to the 2019 Maryland General Assembly to create legislation that requires the Public Service Commission to collect and analyze retail electric and natural gas supplier actual rates, usage, and zip-code information and data for residential customers; eliminate retail supplier individual residential market contracts; make aggregated supply options that would lower costs available to households; and enact additional consumer pricing and contract safeguards for all Maryland residents who choose third-party energy supply.
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Nearly two decades ago, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Electric Customer Choice and Competition Act of 1999, or the Electric Choice Act. The Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized retail competition for residential gas customers in 1999, and legislation requiring licensing and consumer protection requirements for gas retail competition was passed in 2000. Before the electricity and natural gas markets were deregulated, all Maryland residents got their electricity and natural gas from the regulated monopolies that were granted franchises to provide electricity and natural gas in specific service areas. The authorization of retail competition allowe...

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