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Dunn to run for president of Public Service Commission

Nov 8, 2015

Former Alabama Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn is seeking to return to the state board that regulates utilities.

Dunn filed papers Friday with the Alabama Republican Party to challenge incumbent commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh in the 2016 primary.

Dunn says his name on the ballot will give ratepayers a choice, and he believes the commission needs to do a better job of protecting consumers.

Dunn was elected to the commission in 2010. He was unseated by a Republican challenger Chip Beeker in 2014.

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An Alabama judge is considering whether to lift his order blocking the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing material from a utility company document.

During a hearing Monday, attorneys for the paper asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance to end the ban. They say it's unconstitutional prior restraint.

Lawyers for Alabama Gas Corp. argue the paper received a gas line safety document illegally through an open records request. They've asked Vance to make the publication ban permanent.

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Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions.

Alabama Public Service commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden and commissioner-elect Chip Beeker spoke at a news conference Monday ahead of hearings on new federal rules to limit coal.

The say the changes could cost jobs and result in higher utility bills.

Al.com quotes Beeker as saying God created coal in Alabama, and no one has a right to push a policy that runs against God's plan.

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Challenger Chris "Chip" Beeker Jr. has upset incumbent Terry Dunn for the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

With 86 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Beeker has 59 percent to Dunn's 41 percent.

The winner has no Democratic opposition in the general election Nov. 4.

Beeker was making his second run for the state's utility regulatory board. He drew support from some business and coal groups who were upset with Dunn calling for formal rate hearings for Alabama Power.

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Customers of Alabama's largest natural gas distributor are going to see a reduction in their rates starting in the fall.

The Alabama Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday for Alabama Gas to refund $16.5 million to its customers through lower rates between Oct. 1 and March 31. PSC members timed the lower rates to coincide with winter heating bills.

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The Alabama Legislature has agreed to end the ability of landline phone customers to call the state's utility regulatory board with service complaints. The Alabama Senate voted 33-0 Thursday to approve a bill that does away with the Public Service Commission's authority to handle landline phone complaints. The bill passed the House earlier and now goes to the governor for his approval. The state's largest phone company, AT&T, pushed the legislation.

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  Customers might no longer be able to call the state's utility regulatory board to complain about phone service.

A bill moving through the Alabama Legislature would complete the deregulation of home and business phone service by ending the Public Service Commission's ability to handle customer complaints about landlines.

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The state's utility regulatory board has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Gas Co. that is forecast to save customers money.

The Public Service Commission had been allowing Alabama Gas a return on equity of 13.15 percent to 13.65 percent.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to set a lower range of 10.5 percent to 10.95 percent. The change is due to take effect with the new year.

PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh said the typical customer should save $33 annually.

The rate plan is similar to one the PSC approved earlier for Mobile Gas Co.

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The state's utility regulatory board has refused to reconsider its new rate structure for Alabama Power Co.

The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to reject a request by AARP to reconsider the rate plan. The vote was the same as the PSC's decision in August to approve the rate structure. The PSC's top attorney recommended rejecting AARP's request and said the organization for older Americans had not presented any new issues.

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Alabama Power Co. is urging the state's utility regulatory board to reject a request by AARP to reconsider the new rate plan for the state's largest electric utility.

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Alabama Power Co. predicts that its rates will remain level through 2014, despite the forecast of consumer savings when the state's utility regulatory board approved a new rate plan.

The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 last month to revise its rate stabilization plan for Alabama Power. Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh forecast the change would result in annual savings for consumers of $30 to $110.

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The state's utility regulatory board has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the rates of Alabama Gas.
   The Public Service Commission says the first meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the PSC hearing room in Montgomery. Meetings are also planned for Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.

   The PSC previously held hearings on rates for Mobile Gas and Alabama Power Co. Those meetings resulted in changes to the companies' rate structures. PSC members say consumers should see savings with their bills starting January.

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Mobile Gas is going along with the Alabama Public Service Commission's adjustment to its rate structure, which will allow the new rates to go into effect in December.

   The PSC voted in July to lower the range of return on equity for the natural gas utility that serves southwest Alabama. The range had been 13.35 percent to 13.85 percent, and the PSC lowered it to 10.45 percent to 10.95 percent.

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Alabama's utility regulatory board has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Power Co., but commissioners disagree on how it will affect customers.

The state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to base Alabama Power's rates on weighted cost of equity, rather than return on equity, which has been used for the last 31 years.

PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh says customers should see annual savings between $30 and $110, depending on their usage. Commissioner Jeremy Oden says residential customers and small businesses should save between $30 and $45 a year.

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A prayer that opened a recent meeting of the Alabama Public Service Commission has ended up getting more attention than the purpose of the day-long meeting, which was to review Alabama Power's rates.

The opening prayer by Prattville Tea Party leader John Delvin Jordan mentioned prayer in schools, same-sex marriage and other hot-button issues.

PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who invited Jordan to pray, says she stands behind him. She says future PSC meetings will have prayers.

Jordan says Cavanaugh didn't preview his prayer and he spoke from the heart.

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Alabama Power is defending its rate structure before the state's utility regulatory board.

Officials of Alabama Power told the Public Service Commission on Wednesday that its rates are below the national average. Officials said the total annual electric bill for the average Alabama home is above the national average because of hot, humid summers and because Alabamians tend to use more electricity and less of other energy sources, such as natural gas and fuel oil, than other Americans.

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Local officials in Mobile County say a study will look at safety concerns with building a proposed oil pipeline near the lake that provides most of Mobile's drinking water.

The pipeline project is on hold for now after the city of Semmes placed a stop-work order on construction. The Alabama Public Service Commission approved the pipeline and Mobile County granted a license agreement in March - though county officials say they were unaware of possible threats to Big Creek Lake.

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The state Public Service Commission is starting a review of Alabama Power Co. rates.

The commission holds the first of a series of meetings Wednesday in Montgomery. The commission announced it will have a company overview and discuss the fundamentals of the rate structure on the opening day.

 The commission recently wrapped up a similar review of Mobile Gas rates. The commission plans to make a decision about the company's natural gas rates on June 6.

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The state's utility regulatory board has scheduled three meetings focusing on the rates for Alabama Power Co.

The Public Service Commission says the public meetings will be May 8, June 18 and July 17 in Montgomery. Each meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the PSC's headquarters. The PSC says the structure of each meeting will be announced later.

The PSC's rate stabilization plan for Alabama Power has provided the state's largest electric utility with a rate of return on common equity of 13 percent to 14.5 percent since 1982.

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The Alabama Public Service Commission has blocked Commissioner Terry Dunn's request for a formal review of the rate structures for Alabama's three largest investor-owned utilities.

Dunn made a motion Thursday for formal reviews of Alabama Power, Alabama Gas and Mobile Gas, but commissioners Twinkle Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden said an informal process is the best way to proceed. That will begin later this month with Mobile Gas.

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Alabama's governor has appointed Republican state Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont to a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday Oden will resign from his north Alabama House seat before joining the state's utility regulatory board on Monday.

Bentley served with Oden in the House before becoming governor and said Oden will represent the needs of utility consumers in a fair and responsible manner. Oden will fill the seat held by Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh before she was elected president of the PSC on Nov. 6.

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Republican state Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont has asked Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint him to fill an unexpired term on the state Public Service Commission.

The term of Republican Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh opened up Tuesday when she beat Democratic incumbent Lucy Baxley for president of the PSC. Cavanaugh was sworn into office Wednesday, leaving the final two years of her term open.

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An official with Alabama Power Co. said accounting procedures approved by the state's utility regulatory board will allow rates to remain the same through 2013.

The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Alabama Power to spread out some costs over several years, including complying with federal mandates for enhanced security at the Farley Nuclear Plant.

Alabama Power vice president Nick Sellers said that should keep rates flat during the coming year.

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A member of the Public Service Commission says hedging agreements on natural gas prices have added nearly $245 million to the bills of Alabama Gas Corp. customers since the state's largest natural gas distributor started the practice in 2003. PSC member Terry Dunn said Alabama Gas is one of many utilities that used the risk-management strategy and saw it "go very badly in recent years." He said it points to the need for the PSC to re-examine its rules on hedging agreements. Alabama Gas spokeswoman Sherri Goodman said the PSC changed its rules in 2000 to allow hedging.

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The Alabama Public Service Commission is meeting to consider extending special electric rates it approved last year to help stimulate Alabama's economy.

The meeting is Tuesday in Montgomery to consider the rates offered through Alabama Power Co.