|10/00: The PSC closed the formal inquiry into restructuring in the State of Alabama. They will continue to monitor activity in other States and at the federal level through less-formal channels. The decision came after the PSC commissioners reviewed the Staff Electric Industry Restructuring Task Force's Report on the Public Interest and Role of Commission. On the matter of Public Interest, the report stated that it has not been demonstrated that all consumers in Alabama would continue to receive adequate, safe, reliable, and efficient energy services at fair and reasonable prices under a restructured retail market at this time. On the matter of Role of the Commission, the report stated that the "Commission can not mandate or otherwise allow retail competition or electric industry restructuring without state enabling legislation." It was also stated that the ultimate role of the Commission both during and after a transition to competition will depend on the form restructuring takes in Alabama.
2/00: Following the recommendations in Interim Report No.1, the PSC scheduled hearings to address two key issues: whether electric power industry restructuring for competition is in the best interests of the consumers in AL and the regulatory authority of the PSC in a market-based system.
4/99: Final comments were filed in response to the PSC June 1998 Order soliciting comments on electric utility industry restructuring. As a result, Interim Report No. 1 was issued by the Task Force in September 1999.
4/98: PSC issued an order to establish the instant docket, APSC Docket 26427. In June 1998 the PSC issued a Scheduling Order posing questions to address various issues, with comments due in August. (Three extensions were subsequently requested, with the final comments due April 1999.) A series of workshops were scheduled in 1999 on market power, stranded costs, service reliability and other issues to aid the PSC in decision making.
12/96: The PSC Advisory Staff issued a white paper, "The Electricity Industry and Restructuring." The paper led to the creation of a Staff Electric Industry Task Force to explore the potential results of deregulating the electricity industry in Alabama.