While many in our area prepare for Spring Break this week, I’ll be working towards improving our state’s energy options and keeping ratepayers at the top of the conversation. (Along with work at my paying job)
For many months, I’ve been immersed in learning more and more about energy in our state. From the monopolies that are the state’s current utility companies to smaller (and growing) energy alternatives for our citizens, there’s much to learn.
Last summer, the Speaker of the House appointed me to the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee which was chaired by Representatives Peter McCoy (R-Charleston) and Russell Ott (D-Calhoun). At the same time, a bipartisan group of House Members and Senators launched the SC Energy Caucus. The Senate never got fully involved; but the House has continued the caucus have brought speakers in front of House Members and the public to learn more about these topics. I was honored at our first meeting to be named one of the co-chairmen of this caucus along with Representative Russell Ott (D-Calhoun).
A few weeks ago, I sat on a panel at a forum held by CRESForum and maybe like you, was surprised to see that other conservatives understand the significance and importance of looking ahead and improving our models.
A recap of the forum can be found here . When we return to the House, I will work with others (in my party and across the aisle) in hopes of passage of H.4421 which is a huge step forward for saving jobs (and growing jobs) in our state; while also reducing energy costs for our ratepayers.