Clean Energy Group Allowed In Gulf Power Rate Increase Case

December 10, 2016

Despite objections from Gulf Power, the Tennessee-based Southern Alliance for Clean Energy was allowed this week to intervene in the Pensacola-based utility’s rate case at the Florida Public Service Commission.

The alliance, which has often clashed with utility companies, filed a petition last month seeking to formally take part in the case.

Gulf Power, which is seeking to raise base rates by $106.8 million, objected to the petition and said the alliance had not shown that its interests or the interests of its members would be “adversely affected” by the case. But Public Service Commission member Jimmy Patronis, who is serving as the prehearing officer in the case, issued an order Thursday allowing the alliance to intervene.

“The purpose of this proceeding is to determine the fair, just and reasonable electric rates to be charged by Gulf,” the order said. “The substantial interests of SACE’s (the alliance’s) members are affected by this proceeding, since increases in the cost of electricity directly affect their monthly electric bills.”

Gulf Power, which provides electricity to about 450,000 customers in Northwest Florida, filed the rate-increase proposal in October with the Public Service Commission. If approved, the increase would take effect July 1, 2017.

by The News Service of Florida


2 Responses to “Clean Energy Group Allowed In Gulf Power Rate Increase Case”

  1. Retired on December 10th, 2016 1:25 pm

    That group is pushing to develop solar. Complex subject, energy, environment etc. The fact that regulation on reducing Carbon Dioxide by 30% from coal fired plants by 2020 was probably in consideration in this rate increase. New day here with EPA. It may give Southern Company time to phase into renewal energy with out an alarmist agenda.

  2. Jane on December 10th, 2016 7:03 am

    First they want us to conserve power then when we do they raise the rates. So wrong!

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