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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 (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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

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

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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 […]

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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The Alabama Public Service Commission is a laggard both regionally and nationally in its outdated insistence on conducting the rate-paying public’s business in private.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 […]

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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Power Investment Decisions Occur in Private; Customers Have Little Access to Decision-Making Process; Policies Are Outdated Compared to Other States’ CLEVELAND, Feb, 26, 2015 (IEEFA) – A study published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shows the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 (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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

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

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