City residents should contact the Florida Public Service Commission

COMMENTARY

MARK SCHUMANN

PSC Commissioner Julie Brown
PSC Commission Chairman Julie Brown

At the encouragement of their leaders and their newspaper, “Indian River Shores 32963,” many Shores residents recently wrote the Florida Public Service Commission urging the PSC to grant the Town’s petition to be reassigned from Vero Electric to Florida Power & Light.

Though the PSC preliminarily denied the Town’s petition, and reversal of that position at the Commission Oct. 3 meeting could cost the remaining customers of Vero Electric an average of $566. Shores leaders proposed to force Vero Beach to accept FPL’s $30 million offer, though a team of five utility experts calculated it will take $47 million to carve off Vero Electric’s Shores customer base without leaving the remaining customer paying higher rates.

To prevent the Shores from pulling off a $17 million heist at the expense of the remaining customer of Vero Electric, Vero Beach residents, and customers of Vero Electric outside the Shores, can write the Florida Public Service Commission to express support for the Commission’s preliminary 4-1 of last Tuesday.

PSC Offices: contact@psc.state.fl.us

PSC Chairman Julie Brown: Commissioner.Brown@psc.state.fl.us

One comment

  1. I, for one, am OK with Vero Beach Electric. For years, Vero Beach provided recreation events and areas, when there were none other in the County. They also provided the land for the Center for the Arts, as well as providing the landscape maintenance around the Center.

    Vero’s Electric agreement with Stanton 1 will be paid off in 2019 – resulting in better revenue for VB Electric. Just when the COVB might be able to lower rates, FPL is seeking additional rate increases to be hiked 27% over the next 3 years.

    Spending money on attorneys just seems foolish in light of some recent Court decisions, which seem to indicate an unwillingness to make an exception for IR Shores. The PSC is not going to allow Indian River Shores to realign territorial agreements. Can you imagine if that were permitted?

    Caroline Ginn
    Owner of property in IRS since 2001,
    But former Mayor of the City of Vero Beach &
    Indian River County Commissioner

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