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Feb
18

A recent customer comment regarding the Final Order given by the Florida Public Service Commission for the Aqua Utilities rate case:

“I like point 31A: Are the resulting rates affordable within the meaning of fair, just and reasonable, pursuant to sections 367.81 and 367.121, Florida Statues?

Recommendation: There is no “affordability” test for setting a utility’s revenue requirement under Chapter 367,F.S.

And yet AFFORDABILITY is in the PCS’s mission statement “The Florida Public Service Commission is committed to making sure that Florida’s consumers receive some of their most essential services — electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater — in a safe, AFFORDABLE, and reliable manner.”

I believe their “affordability” test must go something like this…….

•Does anyone associated with the PSC live in the affected area? NO
•Are the PSC Commissioners elected officials that need to worry about their job if the people of Florida do not agree with any of their decisions? NO
•Are there enough homeowners living in the affected area that could get them kicked off the PSC? NO
•Does anyone at the PSC care how badly the rate increase will affect the people living in the affected area? NO
•Do members of the PSC get kickbacks from the applying utility? YES”

This customer, like so many others, has a much better understanding of the FPSC’s ”dog and pony show” than many of the public officials inside the Tallahassee “orange grove”.

The FPSC is definitely the biggest JOKE in the State of Florida!  It will be interesting to see if the Florida Legislature cares enough to do something about it.   If not, I would hope to see an ELECTED Public Service Commission take the place of this PUPPET Public Service Commission.

Dave Bussey

 

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