ALEC Policy Champions: Utah Rep. Colin Jack and Sen. Ronald Winterton Protect Electric Reliability

On March 12th, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed H.B. 191, a bill empowering the state to fight federal attempts to close down the state’s power generation facilities through politically motivated regulation. The bill, introduced and championed by Representative Colin Jack and sponsored in the Utah Senate by Senator Ronald Winterton, is an important tool for assisting critical power generation facility operators in standing against the premature shuttering of power plants by the federal government.

As a result, we are pleased to recognize both Rep. Jack and Sen. Winterton as our latest ALEC Policy Champions.

“This new law requires that power companies replace their baseload generators before they demolish the old ones,” said Representative Jack. “Believe it or not, no one wants to be without electricity and this is the only way to do it.”

The new law substantially reflects an ALEC model policy, the Electric Reliability Act. With energy needs skyrocketing, states cannot afford to gamble with their citizen’s lives over petty Washington politics.

We congratulate Rep. Jack, Sen. Winterton, and Utah for empowering the state to stand up for itself against federal overreach.

In Depth: Energy

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