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LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 26, 2015 Read More →
Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report: Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense (pdf).

March 1, 2013 Read More →

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Editorial: The Self-Serving Alabama Public Service Commission

From the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser: The Alabama Public Service Commission smugly congratulated itself this month for a minuscule rebate Alabama Power customers will receive on electric bills. As the Montgomery Advertiser’s Brian Lyman reported, the new rates will save a typical residential customer an average of $5 over the year, or about 1.3 cents a […]

December 10, 2015 Read More →

Alabama PSC Needs More Sunlight in Rate Decisions

By Doing Business in Secret and Thwarting a Healthy Public Dialogue, Officials Are Keeping Ratepayers in the Dark

Last month, the Georgetown, Texas, city council signed contracts that will provide power to homes and businesses 100 percent through solar and wind energy beginning in 2017. As the city’s mayor noted, Georgetown had not been hijacked by “environmental zealots”; the switch to renewable energy was “chiefly a business decision based on cost and price […]

How the Alabama Public Service Commission Keeps Its Ratepayer Public in the Dark

The Alabama Public Service Commission is a laggard both regionally and nationally in its outdated insistence on conducting the rate-paying public’s business in private. The commission’s secrecy is especially notable in how it shields its integrated resource plan analyses, or IRPs, from public view, as we document in detail in a report we published today […]

February 26, 2015 Read More →
Study: Lack of Transparency at Alabama Public Service Commission Leaves Ratepayers in the Dark

Study: Lack of Transparency at Alabama Public Service Commission Leaves Ratepayers in the Dark

Billions of Dollars in Alabama Power Investment Decisions Occur in Private; Customers Have Little Access to Decision-Making Process; Policies Are Outdated Compared to Other States’ CLEVELAND, Feb, 26, 2015 (IEEFA) – A study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shows the Alabama Public Service Commission conducting much of its most important oversight […]

February 26, 2015 Read More →
LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement

LEFT IN THE DARK: How the Alabama Public Service Commission Makes Customers Pay Billions of Dollars for Alabama Power Investments without Any Meaningful Public Review or Involvement (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 26, 2015 Read More →
Return rates for utilities get harder look

Return rates for utilities get harder look

NEW YORK, NY — “In Alabama, Terry Dunn, a Republican member of the Alabama Public Service Commission, wants Alabama Power to undergo a full financial review soon to determine what rates are fairest to consumers and the company, with another complete review at least once every six years to follow. ‘It’s not only the thing […]

March 22, 2013 Read More →
“Secretive pro-utility” PSC system is costly for Alabama Power customers, according to report

“Secretive pro-utility” PSC system is costly for Alabama Power customers, according to report

BIRMINGHAM, AL — “Titled ‘Public Utility Regulation without the Public: the Alabama Public Service Commission and Alabama Power,’ the report was authored by David Schlissel and Anna Sommer of the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, based in Massachusetts. Schlissel has worked in the field of utility regulation for 40 years and has testified […]

March 1, 2013 Read More →
Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report- Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense

Report: Weak PSC oversight benefits Alabama Power at customers’ expense (pdf).

March 1, 2013 Read More →