Consumers getting short shrift

At the PSC, no less.

The state agency that represents the little guy before the Georgia Public Service Commission will be doing so no more.

The Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs is cutting funding for the Consumers Utility Counsel, whose lawyers argued on behalf of residents and small businesses during utility rate cases and other pocketbook matters.

Spokesman Bill Cloud confirmed Tuesday that the consumer affairs office will “defund” the CUC as a way to meet Gov. Sonny Perdue’s request for a 6 percent cut in state spending.

8 comments

  1. This supports the reasoning that the best people to put on the PSC to guarantee the protection of consumers would be libertarians. We have great candidates running for both contested seats this election cycle:
    John Monds for PSC 1
    John is in a 2 way race with an incumbent that thinks it’s OK to meet privately with the companies he’s suppose to be regulating and it’s also OK to accept 95% of his donations from them as well and use that money to pay for his condo in Atlanta.
    Brandon Givens PSC 4
    Brandon is in a 3 way race. One of his opponents may be removed from the ballot because the SOS isn’t sure if he lives in the district or not and the other doesn’t know whether or not he’s a democrat or a republican and whether his name is “Bubba” or not (it seems to depend on which he believes will get him more votes).

    Please take a look.

  2. ChuckEaton says:

    Just out of curiosity, how does the Liberatarin freem market philosophy (lack of government intervention in just about everything) guarantee protection for the consumer versus a not guaranteeing any protection for a business?

    I’m assuming a Libertarian, if he held true to his philosophy, would be against the electric company’s requirement to serve everyone in its territory. In the dense areas you would have multiple utilites trying to serve individuals. Perhaps in Atlanta you could have 5 electric companies with 5 times the potholes and 5 times the overhead transmission lines. Or 3 natural gas companies with 3 times the opportunity for gas line explosions.

  3. The government should protect businesses from fraud and coercion, but shouldn’t guarantee them a monopoly and profits.

    Many companies share the roads, why can’t they share the power and supply grids. Open the market to alternative energy producers and let the consumer decide who to purchase their energy from.

    The current system where the monopolies are guaranteed a profit have no incentive to find alternate and more efficient ways of producing energy. A freer market with competition by definition provides this.

    Read our candidates websites to get more information.

  4. ChuckEaton says:

    If companies are sharing the supply grids, (natural gas marketers), who decides how much money can be charged for the grid (AGL’s infastructure)? Or are you advocating AGL no longer be bound by the chains of regulation. That it be allowed to charge whatever it pleases, with only the threat of heat pumps or the hope that another private company would risk billions of dollars on a competing infastructure network (with double the pot holes and double the chance of pipe explosions).

    When you speak of finding alternative and more efficient forms of energy, what exactly do you mean?

  5. ChuckEaton says:

    I read both of their websites and they both need to run for the Legislature. Most of what they are advocating, from tax credits to changing the PSC’s charge, is legislative.

  6. I read both of their websites and they both need to run for the Legislature.

    I agree. They are great guys. As members of the PSC they could advocate to the GA legislature for many possible solutions for Georgians.

    As for your questions in the previous post… I think those things, and many others, should be on the table and considered. Open up the market for new ideas and new businesses. Let the entrepreneurs and American ingenuity rule the day once again. That’s the beauty of a free market… the ones governing just have to maintain an open playing field, the market place will provide the solutions and the consumer will vote with their dollars on which solution they prefer.

    As for the pot holes, maybe the DOT should be privatized as well.

  7. Chris says:

    Many companies do share the roads. They can do that because the Government own and maintains the roads, establishes statist laws about how fast you can go and facist rules about how safe your car must be.

    Are you advocating that the Government take over running the power grid?

  8. Chris you know better. I don’t advocate that the government take over anything. At least no more than has been constitutionally delegated to them. And even some of those might need to be revisited, especially at the state level.

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