PSC commissioners vote to save Alabama Power customers $337 million

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Alabama Power customers have something to celebrate.

On Tuesday, the Alabama Public Service Commission unanimously voted to save them $337 million over the next two years.

Their decision stems from President Donald Trump signing into law the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that Congress passed with the intention of bringing real relief to American families and businesses back in December. The Commission’s vote makes good on those intentions and guarantees that Alabama Power’s 1.4 million customers will reap the windfall from the president’s tax plan.

“This is a great day for Alabama consumers and taxpayers,” President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh stated. “What a difference President Trump has made to reverse the out of control policies of the tax-and-spend-and-regulate Obama Administration.”

More money in your wallet

A typical residential customer for Alabama Power will see monthly bills reduced by more than $9 starting in July. The reduction to all customers’ bills totals $257 million through the rest of 2018. Customers will see their bills reduced by another $50 million in 2019 due to tax reform.

Customers also will see fuel costs lowered by $30 million, bringing to $337 million the total reductions to their bills as a result of the Commission’s vote.

“That is real money going back to Alabamians, who can spend it on things other than electric bills,” Commissioner Jeremy Oden said. “President Trump and Republicans in Congress deserve great praise for bringing real relief to Alabamians and all Americans.”

The Commission worked with Alabama Power to guarantee no increases in the company’s base rates through 2020. Commissioners also modified the rate system governing the company, lowering the top end of the range and providing an allowable percentage to be used to maintain the Company’s credit rating that is necessary to control the overall cost of debt for Alabama Power customers.

“This Commission is committed to protecting Alabama consumers,” Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beeker, added. “I am proud to have voted to return to ratepayers their hard-earned dollars.”

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  1. Seems to me the reduction was due to a lower rate charged by Alabama Power. I see nothing there that indicates the reduction was due to the Presidents Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Thought it was the job of the Public Service Commission to ensure our citizens pay a fair price for the utilities we receive. The 337 Million is reduced rates could have been achieved long ago. But the money went to Alabama Power, A Southern Company. Dear Pubic Service Commission, this really was a no brainer.

  2. They are decreasing the $ per kwhr, but increasing the base price of service that you have to pay even if you only use 0.5 kwhr in a month. So, this encourages you to waste electricity. And it also encourages you to *not* install solar. And that is the purpose of the rate change.

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