The lawyer who represents the public in state utility cases on Wednesday sued the Public Service Commission claiming the proposed settlement agreement between Florida Power & Light and the state's largest utility users violates the constitution. Download OPC_Petition_for_Writ
"We feel it is an invalid settlement agreement because our office did not sign onto it,'' Public Counsel J.R. Kelly told the Herald/Times. The petition asks the Florida Supreme Court to halt the efforts of FPL to push through a settlement of its rate case that could cost customers more than its original rate request.
The state's largest utility offered up the deal just days before the Public Service Commission was expected to begin a hearing on its request to raise rates and collect an additional $690 million next year. Kelly and other lawyers representing all ratepayers immediately objected to the plan and urged the PSC to dismiss it, arguing it is a new petition that deserves a separate hearing.