The Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest by assuring safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services for electric, gas, and water utilities, wastewater, telecommunications and motor carriers.
Key responsibilities of the Public Service Commission include setting rates for Louisiana customers’ energy and water bills, evaluating and approving new power plant projects, protecting consumers from imprudent utility charges, permit enforcement for Louisiana’s motor carriers, and implementing programs like the telecommunications “Do Not Call” list – which prohibits telemarketers from telephoning people who request that they not receive such calls.
It is the duty of the Public Service Commission to protect the public interest by ensuring utility customers are provided with safe, adequate and reliable service, at rates that are just and reasonable, equitable and economically efficient, while allowing the utility companies to earn a fair rate of return on their investment.
The PSC is comprised of five single-member districts whose decisions have statewide effect. Election cycles are staggered, with Commissioners serving six-year terms. Thus the commissioners have large constituencies, long terms, and close involvement with issues of intense consumer interest.
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