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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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Alabama utility to bill customers $740 million for environmental upgrades at closing coal plant

AL.com: The William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant near Parrish is set to be retired in April, but Alabama Power customers will be repaying about $740 million in costs related to the Walker County coal power plant long after it closes, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alabama Power’s […]

March 4, 2019 Read More →

Alabama utility to close Gorgas coal plant in April

AL.com: Alabama Power Company announced Wednesday that it was permanently retiring the William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant in Walker County due to “federally driven environmental mandates.” The facility, usually just called Plant Gorgas, has generated electricity since 1917 on the banks of the Black Warrior River near the town of Parrish, and is currently […]

February 21, 2019 Read More →

Walmart Mega-Solar Park Seen as a Force in Driving Down Electricity Rates in Alabama

The Boss Magazine: Walmart is known as a retail giant with a mission to offer low prices and, in the last decade or so, lead the path to sustainability. “Walmart envisions a world where people do not have to choose between electricity they can afford and renewable electricity that is good for communities and the […]

March 28, 2018 Read More →

Bowing to Public Pressure, Alabama Power to Develop ‘Up to 500 MW of Renewables’

Dan Testa on SNL: Alabama Power Co. is seeking permission from state regulators to develop or buy up to 500 MW of renewable power generation over the next six years. The Southern Co. utility filed with the Alabama Public Service Commission on June 25 requesting a certificate conferring authority to pursue renewable projects of up […]

July 16, 2015 Read More →

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
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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 […]

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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 →
New EPA Rule Hits Coal-Fired Plants; Oil Price Hurts ‘Megaprojects’; Bothered in Birmingham

New EPA Rule Hits Coal-Fired Plants; Oil Price Hurts ‘Megaprojects’; Bothered in Birmingham

ELECTRICITY PLANTS THAT ARE HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON COAL COULD PAY ‘A PARTICULARLY HEAVY PRICE’ UNDER NEW RULES on the disposal of coal ash and steam-generator effluents, SLN reports this week. The SNL article, by Eric Wolf, notes that the EPA will probably implement the regulations this month, and that, according to a report by Bernstein […]

December 9, 2014 Read More →
Hidden power: Groups seek release of Alabama Power’s 20-year plan

Hidden power: Groups seek release of Alabama Power’s 20-year plan

MONTGOMERY — “No matter what the state’s environmentalists do, coal companies will face an uphill climb in the next few years. The state’s biggest utility, Alabama Power, doesn’t plan to build a new power plant until 2030, spokesman Michael Sznajderman said last week. Some existing coal plants have been converted to use either natural gas […]

January 12, 2014 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 →