House Pitches Changes at Public Services Commission

A House panel Wednesday is expected to take up a bill that would revamp the Florida Public Service Commission and the state Office of Public Counsel and place new requirements on utility regulation. The bill (PCB EUS 17-01) would lead to the appointment of Public Service Commission members from five different districts of the state.

Those districts would mirror the areas of the state’s five district courts of appeal. Current law does not require district representation on the Public Service Commission. Also, the bill would lead to the Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility cases, moving under the attorney general.

The Office of Public Counsel now is an arm of the Legislature. The bill also would make changes in the rate-setting process for electric utilities, including requiring rate plans that would last at least three years.

Reposted with permission from The News Service of Florida

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