The Public Service Commission recently invited comments on the information it should consider when evaluating household goods movers’ requests for changes in their tariffs. The Terreni Law Firm submitted a letter proposing that household goods movers have the option of offering flexible pricing options to their customers. For more information, see Docket No. 2021-321-T.

Terreni Law Firm Files Comments in PSC Review of Transportation Regs

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The Terreni Law Firm has recommended several changes to the Public Service Commission in a review of regulations governing the moving industry. Our recommendations aim to streamline the application process and protect consumers. Recommendations include:

  • Allow movers to give binding estimates
  • Eliminate expensive published notices of application
  • No more “shipper witnesses”

There will be a discussion of these and other recommendations on June 18, at 9:00 a.m. Watch it online at SCETV. See our comments and the full record at these links.

How to Lower Your Power Bill This Summer

A power company sent me these tips on how to save money on electricity this summer.

Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.

Check your air filters and change if they are dirty. Leave interior doors open and don’t close vents to allow adequate airflow through your HVAC system. Do not block returns.

Have your HVAC system checked by a professional. This can extend the life of your system while ensuring everything is working properly.

My thoughts turned to President Carter, who asked Americans to lower their thermostats to 65 degrees during winter days. I’m sure he would approve of setting the thermostat at 78 during the summer. So does the EPA.

But how do you feel about it? Will you keep the temperature at 78 degrees to save money this summer?

Jay Robert Jashinsky December 14, 1954 – May 14, 2021

Sad news. Former ORS Director of Auditing, Jay Jashinsky, passed away. Jay was a tireless advocate for the public interest who managed ORS’s auditors from the agency’s inception in 2004 through his retirement in 2019. A CPA and former naval officer, Jay was smart, tough, and honorable. He will be missed. See Jay’s obituary here.

Investor calls for Duke breakup

The Wall Street Journal reports Elliott Management Corp. asked Duke Energy’s Board of Directors to consider splitting the company in three. Ellott proposes separate companies for the Carolinas, Florida, and the Midwest. One of Duke’s ten largest shareholders, Ellott has made several proposals which have been rebuffed by the company. Duke is not Elliott’s only target, the firm, headed by Paul Singer, has a history of shareholder activism with companies such as Samsung, Sky broadcasting, and Akzo Nobel. Elliott also owns the AC Milan soccer team.

SELC Petitions FERC to Stop Alabama Solar Charges

According to a press release, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Ragsdale LLC, have petitioned FERC to challenge solar rates recently adopted by the Alabama PSC. The petitioners argue the Alabama PSC has violated Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) by imposing “punitive” charges on solar customers.