The Alabama Industrial Energy Consumers (AIEC) held its annual Spring Meeting on May 15-16, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. An association composed of companies owning and operating industrial facilities in Alabama, the AIEC addresses issues — particularly regulatory issues — impacting the provision of electric utility services to Alabama industrial customers and develops public policy for electricity across the state.
Joining AIEC members as guests at the Spring Meeting were numerous representatives of Alabama Power Co. — the electric utility that serves 1.4 million Alabamians and every AIEC member — and all members of the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC), President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R-Montgomery); Place 1 Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R-Vinemont); and Place 2 Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. (R-Eutaw).
The Spring Meeting began Monday evening when AIEC members gathered at Central Restaurant, located in Montgomery’s downtown area, for a cocktail reception and dinner.
On Tuesday morning, attendees came together at the Capell & Howard Montgomery office to review the regulatory activities of the past year and afterward hear from Alabama Power’s representatives about AIEC matters of interest, largely an overview of the status of all rates.
PSC Commissioners Cavanaugh, Oden and Beeker joined attendees for a robust roundtable discussion during the lunch session, which focused on various methodologies to control costs. The Commissioners closed their remarks by encouraging the continued dialogue of AIEC members to help address increasing cost concerns.
AIEC members concluded the Spring Meeting by identifying specific objectives and action items through 2017 and establishing plans to convene again this fall in Birmingham.
To learn about how to become a member of the AIEC and attend the association’s 2017 Fall Meeting, contact AIEC legal counsel and Capell & Howard shareholder attorney C. Richard “Rick” Hill Jr. at Rick.Hill@chlaw.com.