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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. 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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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'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. / The Alabama Legislature

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. / The Alabama Legislature

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.

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.