The Florida Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed that it is the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) responsibility to determine whether a rate case settlement is in the public interest.
In the case reviewed by the Court, the Commission had given substantial weight to the evidence and legal arguments submitted by the Office of Public Counsel, but did not come to the conclusion OPC sought. OPC participated fully in the initial litigation, as well as hearings on the settlement, and was not excluded from any part of the process.
“The Public Counsel has a crucial role in the cases that come before us,” PSC Chairman Art Graham said. “Their capable advocacy for consumers assures the Commission considers all sides before issuing a ruling. They are, and will continue to be, a highly regarded and influential participant in matters that come before the PSC.”