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Help AARP Fight on Utility Issues – Join the Utility Watchdog Team

Increasing gas prices, increasing food prices and no Social Security cost of living adjustment for the last three years – it’s harder than ever to make ends meet.

In fact, according to a recent survey, nearly half of all Oklahomans polled say they have had trouble paying their utility bills.

That’s why AARP works hard on behalf its members to make sure utility rates don’t increase.

In 2011, AARP has successfully stopped three proposals in the Legislature that would have passed the cost of future utility construction projects to the consumer and resulted in increased electric rates.

We advocated for residential utility customers opposing an AEP-PSO utility rate increase that was decided in January. The original request was for $52 million from PSO but the settlement agreement resulted in only $.35 a month increase for residential utility customers.

AARP stopped automatic rate recovery legislation and two bills in 2010 that would have totally deregulated telecommunications in Oklahoma.

AARP Oklahoma is recognized as the voice of the consumer on utility issues. That’s why we need volunteers to help make our voice stronger and we’re asking you to join the AARP Oklahoma Utility Watchdog Team.

When you join the Utility Watchdog Team, you’ll get updated briefings on issues as they happen in real-time. You may also be asked to attend a meeting at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission or the State Capitol where you’ll send a strong signal to elected officials that AARP is working hard to fight for our members on utility issues.

What’s more, you’ll help tell the story to other AARP members as well as the public about how AARP works on these important issues.

If you’re interested in joining the Utility Watchdog Team, please e-mail the AARP Oklahoma State Office with your complete contact information at ok@aarp.org. We’ll be happy to get back with you and see if this is the right volunteer opportunity.

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