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Pasco County streetlight bills spark state investigation into Aloha Utilities

COUNTYWIDE — State regulators are now investigating whether Aloha Utilities is providing electric services in a number of west Pasco communities without the authority to do so.

Nancy Argenziano, the incoming chairwoman of the Florida Public Service Commission, notified state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, of the inquiry in a letter Thursday.

Fasano brought the issue to the commission's attention earlier this week after hearing complaints from residents in Tahitian Gardens and Tiki Village.

Aloha Utilities sold its water and wastewater services to a governmental authority this year, but some communities still get bills from Aloha for streetlight services provided by Progress Energy.

At issue is whether Aloha is charging customers more than it pays for the services from Progress Energy. Companies that resell at a profit are considered electric utilities subject to full regulation by the commission.

Argenziano's letter says regulators are sending a letter to Aloha, trying to ascertain how many customers Aloha bills and for how much.

Aloha's answers are due by Nov. 30.

Pasco County streetlight bills spark state investigation into Aloha Utilities 11/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 4:44pm]
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