Your Opinion: Utility surcharge will enhance reliability

Dear Editor:

Why do things we use on a daily basis continue to work with time? Maintenance and investments. Whether it’s the car I drive or the home live in, I do not wait for things to break down before I do something. At that point, it usually means more money spent and time for the repairs plus time without the “thing.”

I perform regular oil changes on our cars to keep the engine up and running and I replace our roof to keep it from collapsing. But what about Missouri’s electric energy grid?

Our electric power gets to my home through a grid that is the envy of much of the world. It’s so reliable because utilities have been diligent about making needed investments. This is why I strongly support Missouri’s important energy legislation, Infrastructure Strengthening and Regulatory Streamlining.

The last thing I want is to fall behind our neighboring states when it comes to electric infrastructure investments. So I hope our legislators will move this legislation to a vote. If utilities can take advantage of low interest rates, then it’s a win for us as consumers. And certainly there are plenty of working families who will benefit from the jobs created.

Just like my home and car are a daily necessity, so is my electricity. Let’s be proactive and protect it by passing ISRS legislation. Investment now will benefit all consumers and secure our energy future.

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