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09/03/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

Carter: My Record Speaks for Itself

TALLAHASSEE —  Assertions have been made that the Florida Public Service Commission is too “cozy” with regulated utilities, FPL in particular.  To the extent that these criticisms are directed toward me, I take great offense because they are false. 

An examination of the record, not some special interest’s characterizations, demonstrates my independence and freedom from external bias.  In nearly every high-profile issue that FPL has brought before this Commission, I have voted to deny or severely limit the company’s request.

  • In 2006, when FPL petitioned for securitized financing of its storm costs, I not only voted to reduce the recoverable storm-related costs, I also led the move to reduce the request for storm reserve.  The reductions totaled $570 million.
  • In 2007, when FPL petitioned for a determination of need for a coal plant in Glades County, I led the charge to deny that project.
  • In 2008, when Commissioner Skop brought to the Commission’s attention various problems with the FPL Sunshine Energy Program, I voted to end that program.
  • Again, in 2008, when FPL sought recovery of fuel costs incurred during the Turkey Point nuclear outage caused by an FPL employee, I voted to require the company to refund more than $6 million plus interest.
  • In 2009, as the Commission considered a renewable portfolio standard to send to the Legislature for ratification, I voted for aggressive goals and carve-outs opposed by FPL and the other investor-owned utilities.
  • Again, in 2009, in conjunction with the ongoing base rate proceeding, I voted to require FPL to provide compensation information on all employees earning $165,000 or more.

This record, not the opinions of “critics,” is the truth.  It is verifiable.  It does not require investigation or inquiry.  It is the unvarnished truth. 

Despite the disruptive controversies that have enveloped the agency recently, this Commission will forge ahead, conducting its business fairly, with due process, and in the Public Interest, and will not be deterred or influenced by political intimidation.