JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is pushing to have $45,000 paid by Mississippi Power Company for membership to the Mississippi Energy Institute, a group recently promoting nuclear waste storage in Mississippi, excluded from payment by electric customers on the Gulf Coast.
Presley raised the issue yesterday in the Commission’s regular business meeting in Jackson.
“If the Mississippi Energy Institute is an economic development organization, then I am a spokesmodel for Slim Fast.” Presley said in the Commission’s meeting. “It is obvious to me and everyone else that the Mississippi Energy Institute is solely a lobbying organization devoted to such wild causes as making Mississippi the nation’s nuclear waste dump. If Mississippi Power wants to be a member of any lobbying group then they need to pay the dues from their corporate checkbook and not from the wallets of Gulf Coast businesses and residents.”
Presley said that if the $45,000 request was not withdrawn by Mississippi Power before the next Commission meeting, he would introduce a measure to exclude the payment. Mississippi law prohibits payments of legislative lobbying fees from being counted in public utility customer’s rates.