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12/03/2004 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Commissioner Charles M. Davidson: Troubled By Aloha’s Latest Appeal


TALLAHASSEE — On Monday, Aloha Utilities filed notice of its appeal of the Commission’s recent order requiring the company to make additional refunds of monies previously collected from its Seven Springs customers on an interim basis. 

On October 5, 2004, the Commission unanimously voted that Aloha refund with interest the entire interim increase collected during the 15-month period in which Aloha pursued reversal of portions of the Commission’s 2002 rate order.  That appeal by Aloha failed when the 1st District Court of Appeal (DCA) affirmed the Commission’s 2002 order, which among other things, denied the company’s request for a rate increase.  The 1st DCA will also handle Aloha’s latest appeal.

“While I acknowledge the company’s right to choose to pursue an appeal, I must admit that I deeply am troubled by Aloha’s apparent and persistent resistance to refunding its customers pursuant to the Commission’s order,” said Commissioner Charles Davidson.  “I had hoped that this refund matter would be put to rest with our recent decision and that the Commission, the company, and the customers, with the help of the Public Counsel, could focus on the other important service issues pertaining to Aloha.”

 

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