Public utilities that overcharge for services should be required to pay interest on the overbilled amount, said a state official earlier this week.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has called for the reform after his office successfully requested an energy company pay interest to a school district that was incorrectly billed nearly $1 million over a decade.
Entergy has since repaid the DeSoto County Schools District — with interest — after a mistake in billing was caught recently, said spokeswoman Mara Hartmann.
“I’m asking my public utility staff to make a formal review of not only Entergy’s practices but also the Electric Power Association,” said Presley, who serves the state’s northern district. “We’re going to look at all areas to make sure what happened won’t happen again.”
Presley said his insistence was able to secure the extra $236,000 in interest from Entergy to go back to the district. “Part of what I’m asking is not only to review problems but to craft a policy requiring that interest be paid when these mistakes are made,” said Presley.
- Entergy overcharging spanned a decade (sfgate.com)
- Community Meeting Tonight in West Point with Brandon Presley, PSC (claycountymsgop.com)