Fill PSC Vacancy With Public Interest Candidate Posted: April 27, 2005
April 27, 2005
Hon. Ernie Fletcher, Governor
Commonwealth of Kentucky
State Capitol Building
Frankfort, KY 40601
RE: Vacancy on Public Service Commission
Dear Governor Fletcher:
We, the undersigned representatives of low-income consumer, conservation, environmental protection, labor and other social and economic justice organizations, are writing to request that you appoint to the vacant position of Commissioner at the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) an individual with a background knowledge of the environmental impacts of energy production and distribution, energy efficiency programs, and policies that will enhance affordability of energy services.
As you know, the generation, delivery and consumption of energy in the Commonwealth are undergoing dramatic changes and present our Commonwealth with significant challenges. Your comprehensive energy strategy, “Kentucky’s Energy: Opportunities for the Future” aptly notes that we have benefited as a state from low-cost electricity yet have lagged behind in the efficiency with which we convert fuels and use energy.
No less daunting is the challenge to low- and fixed-income households of meeting increasing gas and electric utility bills. The affordability of housing, the rates of homelessness, the health and security of people who find themselves on the margins of the economy, are matters entwined with utility regulation, yet historically the PSC Commissioners have not had strong backgrounds in and familiarity with these issues.
We appreciate the recognition in your energy strategy that improvements in energy efficiency in government and other sectors of our economy can greatly benefit consumers and the environment. The PSC is uniquely positioned to implement policies that would encourage utility and consumer energy efficiency, such as the decoupling of a utility’s profits from the amount of energy it sells. Regulatory reforms developed in conjunction with the regulated utilities could yield positive effects on Kentucky’s energy use, on energy affordability, and on our economy.
We respectfully urge you to appoint an individual to the vacant position on the Public Service Commission who has a public interest background and who has familiarity and experience with energy efficiency programs and regulatory policies that could enhance the environment and the affordability of energy services for all Kentuckians. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
Appalachia – Science in The Public Interest
Mount Vernon, Kentucky
Greg Howard, Director
Dee Davis, President
Center for Rural Strategies
Richard J. Mitchell, Board Representative
Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice
Coalition for Advancement of Regional
Bluegrass Group Sierra Club
Betsy Bennett, Conservation Chair
Cumberland Chapter Sierra Club
Heather Roe Mahoney, Co-Director
Democracy Resource Center
Sr. Rose Marie Cummins
Dominican Earth Center
St. Catharine, Kentucky
Cathy Hinko, Program Director
Sheila C. Schuster, Ph.D.
Kentuckians for Health Care Reform
Janet Tucker, Chairperson
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Dr. Nancy J. Kemper, Executive Director
Rev. W. Chris Benham Skidmore, Associate Director
Kentucky Council of Churches
Kentucky Economic Justice Alliance
Kentucky Mental Health Coalition
Tom FitzGerald, Director
Kentucky Resources Council, Inc.
Kentucky Solar Partnerships
Mount Vernon, Kentucky
Judith Petersen, Director
Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc.
Jeffrey A. Been, Executive Director
Legal Aid Society
Jeff Segal, Representative
Legal Aid Workers Union
National Organization of Legal Services Workers
UAW Local 2320
Jane Walsh, Director
Metropolitan Housing Coalition
Keith Valade, Director
Metro Human Needs Alliance
Rubbertown Emergency Action (REACT)