TULSA — On Monday, Oklahoma state officials joined forces to provide a reassuring message to everyone in the state that their utility bills won’t see overwhelming increases. While many may see a bill higher than usual as a result of trying to stay warm, very few will see the types of utility bills that have been seen in nearby states.
Gov. Stitt was joined by House Speaker Charles McCall, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, Attorney General Mike Hunter, and Kenneth Wagner, Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy and Environment, in the news conference held Monday just before noon.
The conference was held to inform Oklahomans on what they can expect their utility bills to look like in the coming months, and to explain what the state is doing to make sure the people don’t bear the brunt of the expenses.
Consumers are still expected to pay for some portion of the recent problems brought on by the historic winter storm that recently let up. State officials mentioned smaller, long-term price hikes in Oklahomans’ utility bills could be a solution.
State legislative leaders are going to hold committee hearings with utility companies and energy providers to understand why rates need to be increased. These committee hearings will also seek to find a way to keep customer’s bills down through legislation and funding from the state’s wallet.