IS THE STATE PROTECTING GOVERNMENT MONOPOLIES BY BANNING TRANSPARENCY?

 

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For Immediate Release: 2/9/2016        Contact: solar@gasolarfreedom.com

Yesterday, Chris Perkins on behalf of Georgians for Solar Freedom and the Atlanta Tea Party, testified in front of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee in OPPOSITION to SB 321, which would ban transparency of utility energy data by expanding the definition of a “trade secret” to include a person’s utility data. This is in response to the ordinance unanimously passed in Atlanta in April 2015 that would make above-average energy performance scores available to the public. Georgians for Solar Freedom and the Atlanta Tea Party promote individual liberty, limited government, and free market energy solutions.

“Senate Bill 321 hides important data from consumers, threatening free-market choice,” said Debbie Dooley, Chairman of Atlanta Tea Party.  “Voters and consumers have a right to access information that can help them make responsible consumer choices. This goes to the buildings we buy, rent, and invest in. To say that a building’s energy data is a trade secret or proprietary is like saying a car’s mile-per-gallon (MPG) rating is a trade secret.” Big corporations or people influential with a select few state legislators should not be able to use the State government to shield important information from consumers that would improve the free market.

“What scares me the most is the potential for over reach,” said Chris Perkins, of Georgians for Solar Freedom. “Because Senate Bill 321 hides utility data, this could easily become a state monopoly protection plan, giving local EMC’s and Georgia Power the authority to act with absolutely zero transparency.  Think about it, what if Georgia Power was over charging customers or there was a glitch in their billing process.  Legally we as consumers would have no right to investigate those possibilities.”

Georgians for Solar Freedom is a grassroots movement of like minded individuals that understand the value of generating more solar energy in our state. We push for more solar energy based on core conservative principles of national security, free market competition, and technological innovation. For more information, visit www.gasolarfreedom.com.

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