Argenziano new head of utility reg panelby Dara Kam | December 1st, 2009
Argenziano will be the head of the PSC when the panel votes on Florida Power & Light Co.’s proposed $1.2 billion rate hike shortly after she takes over.
The feisty Argenziano served in the legislature for more than a decade before Gov. Charlie Crist appointed her to the PSC in 2007.
“I appreciate the challenge and realize that the Chairmanship is purely an administrative charge. All PSC Commissioners are equal and independent appointees. Now, let’s get to work on the important decisions that lie ahead,” Argenziano said.
Argenziano, a moderate Republican, is considered a consumer-friendly commissioner who has been an outspoken critic of the PSC.
She asked for a grand jury investigation of potential conflicts of interest between the panel and their staff and the utilities they oversee. Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs said there was not enough evidence of wrongdoing to call a grand jury.
Argenziano was also the force behind getting FPL to hand over the salaries of its highest-paid employees. That led the PSC to order that the records be made public.
FPL sued to keep the salaries secret and that case is pending.