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Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 4:57am

Group Asks Consumer Affairs Chief To Act In Energy Rate Cases

A Georgia watchdog group is calling on the governor's consumer affairs chief to get involved in cases that could boost utility rates.

Georgia Watch said Joseph Doyle has not intervened in a single rate case before the state’s Public Service Commission.

Doyle was appointed in 2004.

He was sent a letter yesterday highlighting cases of the group's concern like Georgia Power’s proposed rate increase case among others.

Georgia Watch Executive Director Angela Speir Phelps says they could cost ratepayers billions of dollars.

Doyle’s office did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.