HARRISBURG – York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill introduced legislation that would improve access for energy customers to switch electricity and natural gas suppliers, as well as require energy suppliers to complete certified training on how to market plans to consumers. Under Senate Bill 277, customers would be allowed to provide a government-issued ID or their account number to switch energy providers. Currently, the law only accepts a consumer’s electric or gas account number to authorize the switch. The proposal would also require retail electric and natural gas suppliers – and their representatives selling their products – to be certified through an educational course in sales and consumer protection of their products to customers. Individuals will need to pass a required online training and education exam, and be certified by the Public Utility Commission, before selling to consumers. Phillips-Hill said her bill will clean up PA’s retail energy markets to provide greater transparency and accountability. The bill was referred to the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL