Tricia Pridemore Appointed To PSC

Tricia Pridemore has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of Stan Wise, giving her incumbent status prior to qualifying for the position next month. Pridemore has already announced as a candidate for the seat (disclosure, she’s a friend and I’ve made a contribution). The PSC has quite a few issues on its plate, with the completion of Plant Vogtle and what consumers will pay for it at the top of the list.

The Governor’s full press release is as follows:

Gov. Nathan Deal today appointed Tricia Pridemore to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to fill the vacancy created by the departure of PSC Chair Stan Wise. Pridemore will serve the remainder of Wise’s term and represent the 5th District of the PSC. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I would like to thank Stan Wise for his more than two decades of dedicated service to our state and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Deal. “Tricia has significant experience in both the private and public sectors, and I am confident she will be an effective member of the Public Service Commission.”

Tricia Pridemore – Public Service Commission, District 5
Pridemore is a businesswoman with experience in technology, consulting and workforce development. She is a co-founder of Accucast, a software company. Pridemore is the former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and helped to establish Georgia’s skilled trade initiative, which encourages workforce growth in the fields of energy, transportation and construction. She is a former member of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors and the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. Pridemore was a member of Deal’s 2011 transition team and co-chaired Deal’s Inaugural Committees in 2011 and 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. Pridemore and her husband, Michael, reside in Marietta and attend Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I applaud Deal’s fiscal conservatism and criminal justice reforms. This appointment is notable however for highlighting an area needing attention: cronyism. Pridemore primary qualification is a crony wanting a six figure state office. Speaking of which, I nearly fell out of my seat when the AJC reported that Stan Wise said in connection with his resignation setting up the appointment: “I salute my colleagues for what they’ve done. We’ve left this state better than we found it.” Vogtle is arguably the worst state government mistake in most people’s lifetimes. I initially supported the plant, sans the pre-payment, but oppose throwing… Read more »

Dannie C. Kemp
Dannie C. Kemp

Given that Ms. Pridemore has been appointed to the position by the Governor of the Great State of Georgia might one assume she is the best choice for the position or the best choice for the powers that be? I suppose it is possible to be both. I do not know Ms. Pridemore but given she has worked with the Governor and her resume smacks heavely of politics I can comfortably consider that her appointment would also be favorable to Georgia Power and or the Southern Company. I am always impressed when they fly into our local county airstrip in… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

“completion of Plant Vogtle and what consumers will pay for it” I am curious as to how this works. I know the PSC is penalizing Ga Power by saying there is $1.7B that they can’t collect from customers. But how does that work? It seems the only way I can think of is to cap their profit margin. Is that what they are going to do? I can only see two pots of money: Income from ratepayers and profit for the corporation. Where would any other money come from? Also, am I understanding correctly that financing adds 50% to the… Read more »

Baker
Baker

The up front costs of Vogtle have been passed on to customers, it is true, but these are mostly small and Georgia is still among the lowest rates in the country. Thanks to the (eventually) cheap and clean energy that is nuclear, that will remain the case for a long time. (Some sites come up with different numbers for this stuff but Choose Energy pegs Georgia at 13th cheapest – https://www.chooseenergy.com/electricity-rates-by-state/) Nuclear power is obviously not without risk but for those concerned about the impact of fossil fuel consumption on the environment, nuclear must be a chunk of the portfolio.… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Elon Musk needs to figure out a way to shoot the waste into space. Safely. Maybe put a big ramp at the end of the Hyperloop.

Baker
Baker

Put in the trunk of one of the Mars cars.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Any customers over age 50 will be long dead before they ever recover the upfront expense. Likewise customers that move, say to Cobb County and become a Cobb County EMC, lose. The outfits most likely to make out are those that have yet paid a dime, large corporations that may never die. We’re number one for business for a reason!

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace
Baker
Baker

Ha. Dammit Southern. Come on.

Benevolus
Benevolus

See, that’s what I’m talking about. That will get passed on to ratepayers. (Unless they take it out of the pay of the inspectors who failed. But there were 13 of them so it seems like a more widespread problem than just a lazy inspector or two.) When there is a monopoly we have no choice, no way to not pay up. It won’t hurt Southern Company or it’s investors one bit. On the other hand, I have calculated that $145,000 is approximately 39 minutes of profit for Southern, so it’s not much of a fine to begin with. If… Read more »