Speak Out: AARP to PSC — Show us the money
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A recent Alabama Public Service Commission decision is supposed to decrease what Alabama Power Co. can charge, but AARP believes consumers have been left in the dark. With conflicting estimates on what this decision means, AARP is calling on the PSC to show us the numbers.

In a written request, we asked the PSC to show the public how much an average Alabama household will save on their Alabama Power bill as a result of this decision.

The new plan was approved by a 2-to-1 vote, with Commissioner Terry Dunn voting against it because of concerns power bills could go up. We share his concerns. Commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden voted for the order, which says Alabama Power’s return on equity, its profit after operating and other expenses, is reasonable, despite being the highest in the nation.

AARP believes Alabama families have earned the right to a clear factual analysis of what this decision will cost them. We delivered almost 5,000 hand-written postcards from Alabama Power customers to the PSC asking them to make the price they pay for electricity more fair and reasonable. But, they aren’t listening to consumers.

News reports indicated the plan was discussed among commission staff, Alabama Power and the attorney general’s office prior to adoption. If this plan is so good for consumers, why was it discussed behind closed doors with no one representing consumers?

It is time for the PSC to start doing what they were elected to do — protect Alabama families from unfair utility rate hikes.

Jack Bradford
AARP Alabama volunteer state president
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