Andy: "SB 350 Hurts Folks Living in the Central Valley"

September 11, 2015

Andy spoke in strong opposition to Senate Bill 350, a measure which will hike already sky-high energy bills and hurt California families in disadvantaged communities the most.

The Manhattan Institute report Andy referenced in his opposition speech also pointed out that only 3.6 percent of San Francisco residents suffered energy poverty, where monthly household summer electric bills averaged $136… but up to 15 percent of households in some Central Valley counties experienced energy poverty where, for example, summer electric bills in Andy’s hometown of Hanford averaged $534.

California’s residential electricity rates in 2014 were 41 percent higher than the national average, and rates are expected to increase by 47 percent by 2030 under the state’s current policies.  If California increases the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030, rates are estimated to increase by an additional 9 to 23 percent.

Andy voted “NO” on SB 350 because further electricity price hikes will push many more Californians into a state of energy poverty. This burden will fall especially hard on Central Valley residents who are already forced to pay up to 3-4 times more for electricity than coastal residents.

SB 350, which passed out of the Senate on a party line vote of 26-14, is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.