Alabama Public Service Commission

Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Ala. Utility Regulators Supporting Coal Industry

Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions.
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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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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Beeker Upsets Incumbent Dunn for Alabama PSC

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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.

Alabama Gas Rates
4:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Alabama Gas Rates To Dip October 1

The Alabama Public Service Commission voted for Alabama Gas to refund $16.5 million to its customers through lower rates between Oct. 1 and March 31.
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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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Politics & Government
8:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

AT&T-Backed Bill Wins Senate Support

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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.

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Phone Complaints
12:39 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Complaining To State About Phones Could End

Customers might no longer be able to call the state's utility regulatory board to complain about phone service on their landlines.
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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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Alabama Gas Rates
4:17 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Utility Board OKs New Rate Plan For Alabama Gas

The state's utility regulatory board has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Gas Co.
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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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Alabama Power Rates
3:55 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Alabama PSC Keeps Alabama Power Rate Plan

The state's utility regulatory board has refused to reconsider its new rate structure for Alabama Power 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 Rates
5:06 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Alabama Power Urges PSC To Reject AARP Rehearing

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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 Rates
3:33 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Despite PSC Vote, Ala. Power Rates To Remain Flat

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.
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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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Politics & Government
7:32 am
Tue August 27, 2013

PSC Sets Meetings on Alabama Gas Rates

The Public Service Commission is holding three public meetings to discuss the rates of Alabama Gas rates.
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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.

Politics & Government
8:22 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Change to Mobile Gas Rates Become Final

Mobile Gas is going along with the PSC's adjustment to its rate structure. Officials estimate the change will save the average residential customer about $31 a year.
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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.

Alabama Power Rates
4:16 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

PSC Backs New Rate Plan For Alabama Power

PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh says under the newly approved rate plan customers should see annual savings between $30 and $110, depending on their usage.
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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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Government Prayer
5:09 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Prayer Gets More Attention Than Alabama Rate Case

PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh says future PSC meetings will have prayers.
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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.

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Alabama Power Rates
4:11 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Alabama Power Defends Electric Rates To PSC

Alabama Power defended its rate structure before the state's utility regulatory board Wednesday.
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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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Mobile Pipeline
3:36 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Study To Look At Pipeline Proposed Near Mobile Lake

The red line represents the pipeline with Big Creek Lake outlined in yellow. The easternmost finger of Big Creek Lake, is about 3000 feet away from the proposed pipeline.
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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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