CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Public Service Commission Chairman Michael Albert got a bit snippy with attorneys at the start of last week's hearing on Felman Production's special power rate proposal.
After calling the hearing to order, Albert went on an extemporaneous rant about the amount of redacted and confidential testimony and exhibits submitted in the case.
One of the great features about the PSC website is that almost every document filed with the commission is posted online in near real time.
The only exceptions are documents that may contain trade secrets or confidential financial or personal information that would be harmful to a person or corporation if made public.
A difficulty in covering the Felman case has been the fact that nearly all financial information contained in the filings, testimony and various exhibits submitted has been redacted or marked as confidential.
The attorneys and staff with the PSC, Consumer Advocate Division, Appalachian Power and other parties in the case get to see this information -- provided they sign a confidentiality agreement -- and use it to make their arguments against Felman's proposal, but their filings are similarly redacted.
Albert called the attorneys out for this last Tuesday.
"In getting ready for the hearing and reviewing the data...there was an awful lot of data that was protected," he said. "There's a lot of it that is not trade secrets, and I think it should be out there.
"We were disappointed by the extent of it," he said, speaking for fellow commissioners Ryan Palmer and Jon McKinney. "We even had things redacted in testimony that weren't redacted by Felman, which I don't understand that."