Crist asks utility regulators to hold off on FPL rate caseby Dara Kam | October 2nd, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist is trying to put the brakes on two pending utility rate cases until his new appointees take office on Jan. 1.
Crist today asked the Public Service Commission to postpone any further hearings or decision on a proposed $1.3 billion Florida Power & Light rate hike and a $500 million Progress Energy Florida rate increase request.
Yesterday he named former newspaper editorial writer David Klement and Pensacola bar owner and accountant Benjamin “Steve” Stevens to the five-member panel that oversees the state’s public utilities.
The two will replace current PSC Chairman Matthew Carter and Commissioner Katrina McMurrian, whose terms end Dec. 31.
The PSC has been plagued by conflict of interest accusations for the past several months as the rate cases have progressed.