What if you went to court and were told your attorney would have to represent both you and your opponent – even though your opponent had a whole army of his own attorneys? That’s basically the setup for the state agency that regulates how much you pay for electricity and other utilities.
What you pay on your monthly electric bill is determined by who is your supplier. The only choice for the customer is to move to an area serviced by a provider with lower rates.
Entergy doesn’t want the Commission to have discretion over whether documents are either revealed to all intervenors under protection of a non-disclosure agreement or simply put into the public debate arena.
The Kemper Plant was designed to maximize capital investment so as to maximize the company’s rate of return on capital from ratepayers in the form of rate hikes. Confidentiality of certain key documents played a major role in the plant clearing several early regulatory hurdles. Changing the process by which documents are kept out of the public eye will be essential to preventing another Kemper like disaster from happening again.
BPF’s Supplemental Testimony by Mr. Erik Randolph was filed with the PSC on August 23rd.
The MS Public Service Commission is investigating implementing an integrated resource planning (IRP) process for electric utilities. As described by the PSC, IRP is “a long range planning process that requires a utility to forecast it’s future energy demand and evaluate how that demand can most efficiently and cost-effectively be met.”