PUD 1 Opposes Carbon Emissions Fee Measure

At their September 25th regular board meeting, the commission of Mason County PUD No. 1 unanimously passed a resolution opposing Initiative 1631…

Discussion centered around the ambiguity of the rule making process and concern that, as with other initiatives, that process could drastically alter the original intent of this initiative. …

Board president Jack Janda took a separate issue with the way the initiative was written. “This initiative erodes our local control in our communities over our utilities and our rate making abilities. There is a public oversight board that is supposed to ensure this program is administered and staying on track to meet the targets but there is no utility representation anywhere on the board. That’s a problem.” Commissioner Ron Gold also had concerns about the pancaking of rates on customers who already are using energy that is over 98% clean stating, “We already have an issue of homelessness in our state where many families are living paycheck-to-paycheck. If we continue to layer on new taxes and fees on power and fuel we will end up taxing people right out of their homes. I can’t support that.” …

Mason PUD 1 joins Benton and Franklin PUDs in opposing I-1631.

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