League of Women Voters Allowed Into Gulf Power Rate Case

January 4, 2017

The League of Women Voters of Florida will be able to take part in a regulatory case in which Gulf Power is seeking to raise base electric rates by $106.8 million.

Florida Public Service Commission member Jimmy Patronis, who is handling pre-hearing matters in the case, issued an order Friday allowing the League of Women Voters to intervene. The organization is represented by attorneys from the environmental law firm Earthjustice.

In its petition to intervene, the League of Women Voters pointed to concerns about issues such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Patronis wrote that the organization met a legal test for being able to take part in the case but also said all issues such be “germane” to the rate case.

“LWVF (the League of Women Voters) may offer testimony and provide evidence as to whether the rates, rate-structure, and charges proposed by Gulf are fair, just and reasonable,” the order said. “Notwithstanding the granting of intervention, however, I remind the parties that issues shall be limited to those appropriate to the scope of an electric rate case proceeding.”

The Public Service Commission is scheduled to start holding a multi-day hearing on the rate proposal March 20 in Tallahassee. The Pensacola-based Gulf provides electricity to customers in large parts of Northwest Florida.

by The News Service of Florida

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