Regulation - Agency Oversight | Alabama Power

Agency Oversight

Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC)

The PSC ensures a regulatory balance between regulated companies and consumers to provide consumers with safe, adequate and reliable services at fair rates. All PSC orders and filings are available on its website.

 

Office of Alabama Attorney General (AG)

The utilities section acts as the consumer’s advocate before the PSC. This office reviews all applications, petitions and pleadings plus represents the residential customers in all filings.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

SEC protects investors and maintains the integrity of the securities market. Alabama Power discloses information about its finances and accounting operations through periodic reports and statements. 

 

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM)

ADEM’s responsibilities include ensuring that Alabama citizens and businesses such as Alabama Power comply with laws designed to protect the state’s air, water, land and public health. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA provides regulations and enforces federal environmental laws. EPA also works with the state environmental officials to issue operating and discharge permits for Alabama Power facilities.

 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE addresses America’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges by focusing on technology solutions. Alabama Power has partnered with the agency on smart grid initiatives, environmental research and more.

Energy Information Administration (EIA)

EIA collects and analyzes a variety of energy related information and data. Alabama Power reports electricity generation, fuel consumption, sales, revenues, reliability and balancing authority information. 

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

FERC regulates the transmission of electricity, sales and transmission of wholesale electricity, oversees hydroelectric projects and licenses and regulates accounting and financial reporting.

 

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

NRC regulates nuclear facilities to ensure that they operate safely and securely. This includes protecting public health, the environment, nuclear materials and nuclear power plants in the interest of national security.

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS is responsible for securing the nations from threats and other hazards.

 

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

The CFTC regulates the contracts and swaps marketplace. Alabama Power reports trade option transactions including certain coal, power, and natural gas contracts.

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

The Corps’ regulatory program balances protecting the aquatic resources and granting permits. It evaluates permit applications for construction activities that occur in the waters, including wetlands.

 

U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

IRS collects information on taxes.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

FWS is responsible, among other things, for preserving and protecting endangered and threatened species and their habitats. Alabama Power must comply with FWS directives.

 

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)

ADCNR manages and regulates use of natural lands, marine resources, fish, wildlife and state parks. ADCNR makes sure Alabama Power’s operations do not have an adverse effect on game and non-game species.

Alabama Office of Water Resources (OWR)

As a division of ADECA, OWR plans, coordinates, develops and manages Alabama's water resources, both ground and surface water. It represents Alabama's intra and interstate water resource interests. 

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA has responsibility to enforce federal laws designed to protect the safety of employees at their workplaces. Alabama Power facilities must comply with OSHA regulations. 

 

SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC)

SERC promotes and monitors compliance with mandatory Reliability Standards and assesses seasonal and long-term reliability. 

 

North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

(NERC)’s mission is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. 

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

ALDOT is responsible for safe, efficient transportation systems. ALDOT has guidelines to ensure the placement of utility lines and appurtenances within the rights-of-way (ROWs) of state highways and road. 

 

Federal Communication Commission (FCC)

The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.