The Georgia Public Service Commission race in the Nov. 4 election is receiving little attention, although PSC action directly affects consumers’ pocketbooks.

Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, the PSC District 4 incumbent, is running against Democrat Daniel Blackman and Libertarian Aaron Gilmer after beating two challengers in the GOP primary. District 1 incumbent Doug Everett, also a Republican, is unopposed.

The PSC’s five members serve staggered six-years terms, with McDonald and Everett the only two up for re-election. Although the commissioners serve districts, they are elected statewide to regulate electric power, natural gas and telecommunications companies.

A major PSC issue will be monitoring Ga. Power’s efforts to conform with new EPA emissions regulations. The utility’s main thrust will be phasing out pollution-causing coal plants, a process already begun when the new regulations were announced.

Ga. Power has fought the EPA’s “1-11-d” guidelines, claiming the emissions reductions will significantly increase electric bills. 

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