Why do we care? Vulnerable residents in the County are getting heavy marketing from these 3rd party companies (both green and conventional) that are under investigation for false claims of lower energy bills.
Representatives of some of these same companies were the ones pushing for this ZTA in the Ag Reserve.
Two State Representatives penned an Op-Ed in the Sun "Switching utility companies means many low-income Marylanders paying more" - laying out the ways in which these companies lure low income people into adjustable rate contracts that are then paid by state and local energy assistance funds. This deregulation and the shenanigans it allows is costing all of us more but particularly harming the most vulnerable. The Energy Assistance Protection Act proposed in the piece is long overdue.
Or WYPR- last February covering the price gap for green energy suppliers - Baltimore residents have been paying an average of 50 percent more than a regular utility customer - and at variable rates that always seem to be going up. From 2014-2017, this unregulated market (green and conventional 3rd parties) cost Maryland consumers $600 Million above what would have been paid to the standard utility (Pepco, ConEdison, BGE, etc).
Broadly, before we lose any more productive farmland and forests here in the county and across the state to commercial solar, transparency and equity must be brought to the 3rd party energy supplier market.