Created in 2009, the Consumer Energy Program (CEP) seeks to achieve lower utility bills and cleaner, more efficient energy solutions. CEP provides a much-needed voice for energy consumers in Georgia. For decades, the Consumers’ Utility Counsel (CUC), a division of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, represented Georgians in cases before Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC). However, that voice for residential and small business owners was silenced when the CUC was defunded in 2008. As a result, Georgians were left without independent representation in PSC matters.
With skyrocketing energy bills and the interests of utilities as firmly entrenched across the state as ever, CEP was created to fill this vital role in protecting ratepayers in important cases before the PSC. In just a few short years, CEP has built a broad coalition of business groups and advocacy organizations that seek to ensure a level playing field for all, and these efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in savings for energy consumers. CEP will continue to advocate for lower utility bills and a more diversified state energy portfolio to mitigate future rate increases.
CONSUMER ENERGY PROGRAM RESOURCES:
|Energy||A quick glance at the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process.||The IRP and Your Energy Bill|
|Utility Bills||Georgia Watch and partners published this guide to understanding the benefits of energy efficiency and solar for low-income consumers.||Keeping the Lights On|
|EMC Transparency||Easy-to-use templates to facilitate future efforts to evaluate EMC governance practices and compliance with IRS regulations||Georgia EMC Report: IRS Compliance and Transparency|
|Utility Bills||Georgia Watch presents to community groups on different ways to save money on utility bills. The presentation content can be found here.||Presentation: Save Money on Your Utility Bills|
|Energy||The PSC works to ensure consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably priced telecommunications, electric and natural gas services from financially viable and technically competent companies.||Georgia Public Service Commission|
|Energy||We help people change lives! GCAA is a strong, united network of effective community action agencies guided by excellence and integrity in the promotion of social and economic justice in Georgia.||Georgia Community Action Association|
|Utility Bills||Helpful tips on ways you can reduce your energy costs.||10 Easy Ways to Save (Georgia Watch Flyer)|
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