Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

13 PSC lightbulbEnough already! The Alabama Public Service Commission continues to put excessive profits before hard-working Alabamians. Just last month, the commission voted 2 – to – 1 to approve a new rate plan for Alabama Power that will do little, if anything, to lower bills.

Commissioner Terry Dunn continues to be the lone champion of Alabama consumers and believes the plan won’t save money for consumers. AARP’s experts agree. Although the other two commissioners claim the plan will lower bills, they have shown no proof. In letters delivered to each after the rate change, we asked that they share the proof with AARP and the public, but have not received a response.

Now it’s time for the PSC to discuss the rates for Alabama Gas Corporation. We can’t let them choose profit over customers again and allow these monopoly utilities to have the highest allowed return on equity range (profit) in the country while we pay some of the highest bills.

Alagasco is allowed a return on equity (profit the company is allowed to earn) of 13.15 – 13.65 percent, which is the highest for all natural gas utilities in the country. Meanwhile, customers are paying some of the highest rates in the South.

You can do something about it.

  • Email the PSC to let them know you want fair rates.
  • Call the Commissioners and tell them to support fair rates. Tell Twinkle Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden to support Alabama residents as well as big monopoly utilities. Thank Dunn for continuing to fight to lower bills and unnecessary profit. Call 334-242-5218.
  • Attend a hearing in Montgomery or the public hearing in Auburn to speak out against unfair rates and excessive profit:

Montgomery

Thursday, September 5 – 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 9 – 8:30 a.m.

RSA Union

100 Union St., 9th floor auditorium

Wednesday, October 9 – 8:30 a.m.

 

Auburn

Wednesday, September 25 

Time and place to be determined.

 

Can’t attend in person? Click here to email the PSC. Speak out against unfair gas rates.

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