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Who Pays Some of the Highest Gas and Electric Bills?
Posted By Elaine Ryan On June 14, 2013 @ 6:27 pm In Where We Stand | Comments Disabled
Meet Paula Wood  from Alabama. Retired, once married – now single, supporting herself on Social Security alone, Paula must make sacrifices to make ends meet. But, her electric bills have skyrocketed from $50 to $300 a month in six years.
Paula has cut her budget in every possible way. She says , “I also have bronchial asthma, so I have to use power to be able to maintain breathing… If I didn’t have to eat and I didn’t have to breathe, I’d be alright.”
AARP is fighting for Paula and all Alabamians to make sure they only pay what is fair and reasonable for their utilities.
The bottom line: While Alabama gas and electric customers pay some of the highest bills in the South, Alabama’s big gas and electric companies are allowed to earn the highest profit in the country.
That’s why AARP has called on the Alabama Public Service Commission  to review the rates and profits of the state’s big utility companies. The Commission is in the process of doing this right now by holding a series of public meetings  (there’s one happening on Tuesday, June 18 in Tuscaloosa – tell your friends!).
AARP has fought to protect home energy consumers for years, at the federal level and in states across the country. Our work is always non-partisan, and our only goal is to advocate for consumers. Recently:
Regardless of the area of the country that we’re working in, our goal is to make sure consumers only pay what is fair and reasonable. And when it comes to our nation’s energy future, AARP’s policy is always “fuel neutral” – we don’t advocate for or against nuclear, coal, gas, wind, or solar. But we DO oppose excessive costs and unfair financing schemes whether for fossil fuel or renewable technology.
Live in Alabama? Take this short survey  and tell the Public Service Commission how your electric or gas bills affect your family’s budget. AARP Alabama  will compile the answers and share them with the Commission.
For more information, check out my previous blog: 3 Questions When Utility Companies try to Raise Your Rates . And, to stay up-to-date on our multi-state utility campaign, sign up for the AARP Advocate newsletter  or visit your state webpage !
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 Paula Wood: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-asks-alabama-power-to-lower-bills-as-alabamians-struggle/
 She says: http://youtu.be/6X1PSFM3rzg
 why AARP has called on the Alabama Public Service Commission: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/04/we_dare_defend_our_rights_agai.html
 a series of public meetings: http://www.psc.state.al.us/Administrative/APCOProceduralNotice.pdf
 Connecticut: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-connecticut-legislative-wins-benefit-consumers/
 Delaware: http://states.aarp.org/delawareans-hit-hard-by-increasing-utility-rates-aarp-surveys-delawareans-50-on-electric-utilities/
 Utah: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-utah-legislative-wrap-up-for-2013/
 Take this short survey: http://action.aarp.org/site/PageServer?pagename=UtilitySurvey_AL_20130611
 AARP Alabama: http://www.aarp.org/al
 3 Questions When Utility Companies try to Raise Your Rates: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/31/3-questions-when-utility-companies-try-to-raise-your-rates/
 AARP Advocate newsletter: http://action.aarp.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Get_Involved&intcmp=HP-LN-sec9-pos1
 visit your state webpage: http://www.aarp.org/states/
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