Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission has approved an application by Plains Mobile Pipeline for a 2.2-mile oil pipeline in Mobile County.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday for a certificate of industrial development.

The commission's chief administrative law judge, John Garner, said the commissioners have limited authority because the project is part of an interstate pipeline, and the commissioners' only determination is whether the $14.4 million project will further industrial development. The commissioners agreed it will.

Alabama Public Service Commission

Republican Public Service Commission member Terry Dunn has formally kicked off his re-election campaign after drawing three opponents.

Dunn announced Tuesday that he will run on a record of telling the public about the PSC being too cozy with the utilities it regulates.

He also says he'll keep pushing for a formal rate hearing for Alabama Power. He predicts that a change in Alabama Power's rate structure that was recently approved by the other two commissioners will not bring an appreciable decrease in rates.

Some groups will call for rate changes for Alabama Power Co. when the state's utility regulatory board wraps up hearings Wednesday on the state's largest electric utility.

AARP and Alabama Arise have filed position papers saying the current rate structure is too favorable to the company. Alabama Power says the rate structure is fair and reasonable, and it allows the company to provide a reliable product despite residential demand that is higher than the national average.

Alabama's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.

Cavanaugh polled about 55 percent of the vote against Baxley. She will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Montgomery. The 74-year-old Baxley told fellow Democrats Tuesday night that this was her last race.