For nearly a year, the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) held informal meetings to look into the rates and profits of Alabama Gas, Alabama Power and Mobile Gas. The result: Back-room deals between the PSC and the monopoly utility companies that continue to put massive profits before people – and leave Alabamians to pay the price.
When the Alabama Public Service Commission recently approved a new rate structure for Alabama Power -- by a 2-to-1 vote -- AARP began calling for the PSC to show us the numbers. The two commissioners voting for the new plan, Twinkle Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden, claimed it would result in lower power bills for Alabama Power customers. Terry Dunn disagreed, voting against the new plan, and said it might even raise power bills for hardworking Alabama families.
This letter was sent to members of the Alabama Public Service Commission this week in response to their change in the way Alabama Power's profits are calculated.
A reminder that tomorrow is the last Public Service Commission meeting on Alabama Power's rates. The Commission agreed to look into the rates and profits of Alabama Power, and has held two informal public meetings already to hear from the company and customers. The third and final meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in Montgomery, at the RSA building, 201 Union St., 9th Floor auditorium.
Alabama Power customers pay some of the highest bills in the South, and AARP Alabama is working to lower them. Now you can get involved. Join us and other AARP members tonight in Tuscaloosa at a town hall meeting with the Alabama Public Service Commission. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the University of Alabama School of Law Moot Court Room, 101 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa.
Paula Wood’s story is like that of many retirees. Though married once, she is now single and supporting herself on social security alone. And, she has to make sacrifices to make ends meet.
In recent months utility rates have been in the news and on this site, and the term "rate of equity" has been used often. To learn more about the issue, AARP Alabama turned to Alabama native Steve Hill.
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