AARP Florida State Director Lori Parham weighed in on the controversy over Public Service Commission staff lobbyist Ryder Rudd, who was removed yesterday from any involvement in the $1.3-billion rate-increase request filed by Florida Power & Light.
"On behalf of almost 3 million Florida AARP members, we encourage the Public Service Commission to do all it can to ensure transparency as deliberations over massive utilities rate increases proceed. Florida can't afford even the appearance of any impropriety in the consideration of these important issues,'' Parnhams said in a statement.
"Today, older Floridians are struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy. Earlier this summer, thousands of people attended public hearings on various electric-utility rate requests now before the PSC. Many questioned the wisdom of a 30-percent increase in basic electric rates for companies that are already highly profitable. If members of the public to have confidence that their interests are respected, these deliberations must be above reproach."