Jeff May [PSC-R]

Jeff May in July for Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission is one of the least understood, yet most important elected offices in the state.  The PSC deals with kitchen table issues that have an enormous impact on the budgets of every family, every business, and every prospective new industry considering locating in Georgia. From the time you wake up in the morning and flip on the lights, turn on the stove, and pick up the phone, until the time you turn off the tv and set the alarm at night, you have been affected by the PSC.  I am running to make certain that utility services are available to everyone in Georgia, and our rates are among the nation’s lowest.

Energy Independence is a national security issue.  It is not something, however, that just happens overnight.  Many years pass from concept to implementation.  My 3-D Plan for Georgia’s energy policy is clear- Diversify, Develop, and Deliver. 1. We must have a diversified energy mix, and not rely too heavily on one fuel or another.  We must have a balanced mix that includes additional nuclear, natural gas, clean coal, renewables, and alternatives.  This includes biomass derived from Pine.  We must also fight against the proposed cap and tax policies that are being pushed in Washington.  That’s what I’ve done in the Georgia General Assembly, and that’s what I will do at the PSC. 2. We must develop our infrastructure to meet our future energy demands.  We send several hundred billion dollars per year overseas purchasing foreign oil. We should be spending that money domestically, investing in our economy, developing our infrastructure, and creating jobs for Georgians and all Americans.  3. We must ensure reasonably priced utility service.  As well as ensuring an ample energy supply, we need to make sure our natural gas system and electric grids can sufficiently deliver energy to meet future demand.

A diversified energy mix, infrastructure development for future energy demands, and reasonably priced utility service are all parts of the three-legged stool that allows us to be energy independent.  When carefully balanced, the utilities can remain economically viable, the consumer is protected, and energy demands are met. When elected, I will work to help facilitate a diversified and expanded energy mix.  These include nuclear power, liquefied natural gas, and offshore exploration.  I also hope to develop our infrastructure to meet future energy demands, create jobs for Georgians, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources.  One of my most important goals on the commission is to ensure reasonably priced utility service to consumers and businesses throughout the state.

We need to be diligent in holding utilities accountable for demonstrating they can meet future electricity or natural gas supply needs while maintaining reliability and high service levels. Georgia enjoys electric rates that are lower than the national average because we have been very conservative in our planning and have invested in infrastructure. By continuing to make investments today, we keep rates lower tomorrow.

The purpose of the Public Service Commission is to find the appropriate economic balance between the utility and the consumer. As a business owner, I  understand the challenges of making a payroll and realize that the utilities must remain economically viable.  As a legislator, I have passed several pieces of significant Energy legislation.  As Chairman of the House Energy subcommittee of Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications, I stopped legislation intended to outlaw certain types of coal- the fuel used for 65% of the electricity for this state.  I have testified before the PSC, passed legislation that directly affects the PSC, and that has ultimately benefited the consumer.  As your Public Service Commissioner, I have the experience, knowledge, and ability to find that balance.

I live with my family in Monroe.  I have been a small business owner for the past 17 years.  I have served in the Georgia General Assembly as State Representative for the last six years.  My colleagues elected me Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus.  I serve on the following committees: Appropriations-Economic Development; Industrial Relations; Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications; Ethics; and Ways and Means.  I am Chairman of the Tax Reform Subcommittee of Ways and Means and Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications.   Please visit my website at www.JeffMayforPSC.com to find out more about my background, experience, qualifications, and vision.  I ask for your vote.

Please remember to Vote May in July for PSC!