Consider the power of electricity: If the cost of producing and delivering electricity increases dramatically, entire communities could bear the burden.
Every home, business, school and hospital in the West relies on the power of electricity. And when the price of energy goes up, every part of our lives is affected.
For some families, higher electricity bills could make for tough choices at home—even forcing them to cut back on essentials like groceries or school supplies. When businesses can’t afford electricity, they may have to cut jobs and put off buying equipment. And for schools and hospitals, rising utility costs mean fewer funds available for updated technology and additional teachers, doctors and nurses.
We have to work to keep electricity affordable.
Keeping electricity affordable for families and businesses may seem like a no-brainer, but affordable electricity is constantly under threat from unreasonable laws and red tape from state and federal regulators and politicians. Higher energy prices create a domino effect in the local economy, affecting farming, manufacturing and small businesses, even driving up the cost of food and other everyday items. That’s why protecting the cost-effective, reliable source of electricity we have today is vital for a prosperous future. After all, it’s the current that energizes the homes, businesses, communities and economies of the West.
We can keep electricity affordable while still respecting the environment
As a community, we must work together to support both affordable power and preserving the environment.
We’ve already proven that, by working together, we can make a positive impact. Did you know that the air we breathe today is cleaner than it was in 1970 even though energy consumption has increased 50 percent?(1) Technology and innovation have made that possible.
Knowledge is power and Keep Electricity Affordable is promoting a better understanding of the issues to empower consumers. Together, we are asking important questions such as:
- Do new government regulations and laws produce the promised benefits?
- What are their costs and unintended consequences?
- What can we do without government intervention to keep electricity affordable while preserving the environment?
- How could breakthroughs in technology allow us to preserve both the environment and access to affordable electricity?