State utility regulators will vote Tuesday on whether to charge low-income Georgians $5 dollars a month for a federal program that provides them with free cell-phone service. Some of those people say the fee will force them to make tough decisions about their budgets.
Two Republicans have defeated challengers to retain their seats on Georgia's Public Service Commission. Commissioner Chuck Eaton defeated Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer for the District 3 seat on the panel, which regulates electric and other utilities in the state. The district covers metro Atlanta, although the seat is elected statewide. In western Georgia, Commissioner Stan Wise, a Republican, defeated Libertarian David Staples for the District 5 seat. No Democratic candidate qualified in that race, which is also elected statewide.
Challengers in the Republican primary are attempting to unseat two incumbents on Georgia's Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities. Also, Georgia voters will consider several nonbinding questions on Tuesday’s primary ballot, including whether they want to place a cap on lobbyist spending.
A state utility regulator said he sees more room for solar power in Georgia. Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton told a conference Friday that he opposed solar energy five years ago because the price was too high. He said he changed his mind because the cost has fallen and the technology is more efficient.