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Crist asks utility regulators to hold off on FPL rate case

by 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.

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4 Responses to “Crist asks utility regulators to hold off on FPL rate case”

  1. jack Says:

    he is so full of crap! didn’t he say that he was going to wait until the current commissioners voted on the rates before he decided who he would appoint? now he wants them to delay? which is it charlie? everyone is so sick of your stick your finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing politics.

  2. Crist may lack authority to halt FPL rate case | Post on Politics Says:

    [...] Crist this morning asked Chairman Matthew Carter, one of the two current commissioners whom Crist passed over for reappointment, to delay the Florida Power & Light Co. $1.3 billion rate hike hearing and the Progress Energy Florida $500 million request until David Klement and Benjamin “Steve” Stevens take over. [...]

  3. PSC utility regulator McMurrian quits | Post on Politics Says:

    [...] cleaning house with his two new appointments last week, Crist on Friday asked the regulators to postpone any further action on the FPL hearing and another $500 million rate increase sought by Progress Energy [...]

  4. Utility regulators to decide on delaying FPL $1.5 billion rate hike in 3 weeks | Post on Politics Says:

    [...] Crist asked the panel to postpone hearings considering Florida Power & Light Co.’s proposed $1.3 billion base rate hike and Progress Energy Florida’s $500 million similar request until next his two new PSC appointees come on board on Jan. 1. [...]

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