PSC wants report on elections

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Published: October 15,2009

Tags: state agency, utilities

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has voted to request the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi file a report with the PSC detailing the election procedures used around the state to select boards of directors. The report is due by Dec. 31 .

The move by the PSC comes after Tippah Electric Power Association announced earlier this month that it would hold its first election for board members since 1938. Mississippi law requires electric power association board members to be elected by the members of each association. Rates for customers of electric power associations are set by board members, not the PSC.

“It is important that consumers have the right to elect those individuals who set the power rates they have to pay,” Presley said. “This is a matter of making sure that owners of the electric power associations around the state, the customers, actually are the ones selecting the board members.”

Presley said the issue of electric power association board elections has been debated at the PSC for months due to a complaint filed by a customer of Tippah Electric Power Association and that Attorney General Jim Hood has issued an official opinion stating that the PSC has the authority to insure compliance. Presley made a motion in both the September and October regular PSC meetings to set rules regarding compliance.

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