Nearly nine months ago, the Glasgow Electric Plantboard implemented a rate structure that has been met with much resistance. Those opposed voiced their concerns locally and also in Frankfort to Kentucky Attorney Andy Beshear. Beshear then sent a letter to US Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and US Representative Brett Guthrie. His office has also been in conversations with the EPB and TVA. Questions have arisen in regard to what type of regulatory authority, if any, Beshear has in this situation and should he be involved. WCLU News spoke with the Attorney General to find out what prompted his office to get involved.
Beshear says his chief job as Attorney General is to protect Kentucky families and one of the ways he does this is being the chief consumer advocate in the state:
Beshear says his office has received complaints, on top of complaints, on top of complaints about the rate structure and the calls started coming in and they haven’t stopped:
Beshear says his office knows of 90 year old seniors shutting their air conditioning off during the hottest parts of the day and people who live in fear that their electric bill for a day may exceed what they would make at work during the same day.
Beshear said inside the AG’s office there is an Office of Rate Intervention that represents consumers in front of the Public Service Commission:
Other state utilities must have their rates and rate increases approved by the PSC, or the Public Service Commission. Beshear says his office has attorneys with years upon years of experience working with utilities and these experts are now looking into the matter in Glasgow.
Beshear says that he hopes the TVA wants a solution and has found in the past they have been reasonable to work with:
Beshear says his office has been talking with the TVA directly to ensure his intent and message are clearly portrayed.