Vidak to Governor: boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere

Urges Veto of Bill (SB 350) that Hurts Disadvantaged Rural Communities
Monday, September 28, 2015

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) sent the following letter to the governor today, urging a veto of Senate Bill 350:

September 28, 2015

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Governor of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE:  Veto of SB 350 (De León)

Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing to request your veto of Senate Bill 350, as it will drastically increase the cost of electricity in California, particularly for seniors, the struggling middle class and working poor families in the Central Valley.

Californians already pay 46% more for electricity than the national average.  Since the first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation took effect in 2003, the average residential cost per kilowatt hour of electricity has increased by 33%.  A study conducted by Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) found an increase from 33% to 50% RPS would raise rates by an additional 9-23% above what they would have been had we maintained the 33% mandate.

Higher cost of electricity exacerbates energy poverty amongst low income Californians, which is defined as a family spending more than 10% of their income on electricity. As the representative of the poorest Senate District in California, I am concerned that these ever-increasing rates will severely impact the rural disadvantaged communities that I represent.  Unlike those who live along the coast and are more likely to not suffer from energy poverty, most of my constituents survive on air conditioning during the summer, which already leads to higher electricity bills.  Ultimately, SB 350 will worsen this situation and force those least able to afford higher energy rates to suffer the most to achieve this RPS mandate.

Finally, as I’m sure you will agree, Governor, boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere.

For these reasons, I respectfully request your veto of Senate Bill 350.