CONSUMERS NEED A FEARLESS VOICE AT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Daniel will use his voice consistently towards advocating for lower utility bills and cleaner, more efficient energy solutions by actively listening to rate payers and working with the staff members of the Georgia Public Service Commission to build energy solutions we can all believe in.
WHY CONSUMERS NEED A VOICE
In 2008, the Consumers’ Utility Counsel (CUC), a division of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, represented Georgians in cases before Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC). The counsel disappeared in 2008 when the agency, created by the state legislature in 1975, was de-funded as part of state budget cuts ordered by Governor Sonny Perdue. The move “saved” the state about $400,000 that year, however, ratepayers have since lacked adequate independent representation in utility cases involving tens of billions of dollars.
With escalating utility bills and shareholder driven utility interests, Daniel is committed to protecting ratepayers in important cases before the Public Service Commission.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE GEORGIA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION?
Five elected Commissioners, supported by approximately 90 staff members, make decisions that affect the lives of every Georgian each time a telephone is picked up, a light is turned on, and a gas burner is used. The mission of the Georgia Public Service Commission is to exercise its authority and influence to ensure that consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, electric and natural gas services from financially viable and technically competent companies.
WHAT IS THE COMMISSION’S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY?
The Georgia Public Service Commission has exclusive power to decide what are fair and reasonable rates for services under its jurisdiction. It must balance Georgia citizens’ need for reliable services and reasonable rates with the need for utilities to earn a reasonable return on investment. The Commission protects consumers’ interests while abiding by legal standards in setting rates. All matters scheduled for public hearing are heard by the Commissioners or in special cases, by an appointed hearing officer in open session.