Public Service Commissioners (PSC) last night shared some historical insights and welcomed visitors during the premiere of the PSC’s historical exhibit, “Trains, Planes, and Solar PVs,” at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum.
The PSC, overseeing Florida’s regulated utilities, was invited to participate in the Historic Capitol Museum’s ongoing series of temporary exhibitions that allows different Florida departments to showcase their history.
“The PSC is rich in history, and we look forward to sharing our past, as well as our present, with visitors to the Historic Capitol,” said PSC Chairman Nancy Argenziano. “Our agency has endured many changes since our start in 1887, but our primary role remains steadfast . . . to ensure that Florida’s citizens receive safe, reliable, utility services at affordable rates.”
Thirty-year PSC veteran and new Executive Director Timothy J. Devlin opened the exhibit, and welcomed former and present PSC employees attending. Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar recognized current Commissioners; Commissioner Nathan A. Skop discussed how technology has changed the regulatory landscape; Commissioner David E. Klement noted that the “Fourth Estate” (the press) has enjoyed covering the PSC through the years; and Commissioner Ben A. “Steve” Stevens III highlighted the 60 commissioners who have served since the agency began.
On display through June 25, the exhibit includes information and items from the Commission’s early years to the present. One special artifact on permanent exhibit at the Historic Capitol is the oak 1902 Supreme Court Bench, which later served as the PSC’s dais (bench) in the old Whitfield Building. During the Historic Capitol’s restoration, the bench was returned to its original location in the south wing.
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.
The mission of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, a service of the Florida Legislature, is to illuminate the past, present, and future connection between the people of Florida and their political institutions through programs of education, interpretation, and preservation.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com and www.flhistoriccapitol.gov.