Metro Council resolution RS2018-1508, commonly referred to as the ‘Robin Hood Resolution’, is back on the consent agenda for Tuesday night’s council meeting, and this time NES has issued a statement in full support of the amended resolution, and it appears to have the votes that would encourage NES to automatically round-up your bill without asking your permission.
Bill sponsors are Brenda Haywood, Freddie O’Connell, Mina Johnson, Burkley Allen, and Colby Sledge. Here’s the phrasing of the amended bill:
“The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as formally requesting NES and its five-member Electric Power Board to implement a customer-remove Round-Up donation program, such that all ratepayers will be enrolled in the program automatically, creating a reasonable and sustainable source of revenue for its low-income weatherization program.”
The resolution then continues to the portion where everyone would be automatically opted-in to the program, without being asked, in hopes that most would never noticed the charge:
“WHEREAS, a utility bill round-up program.. with a customer-remove (or “opt out”) policy approach could garner participation of approximately 60-65% of NES’s customer base.
Council Member Fabian Bende has filed a friendly amendment that would request there be an extensive marketing campaign before NES automatically takes more of your money automatically, and without your permission, as included below.
Here’s the full-text of the amendment to be introduced at tonight’s Metro Council meeting, as well as CM Bende’s friendly amendment, and NES’s letter of support for the proposal: