Posts Tagged ‘Leonard Bentz’

To the cleaners

JACKSON — The Kemper County clean coal plant decision has passed, but Mississippi Power Company (MPC) and the state Public Service Commission are still debating coal vs. natural gas. At a hearing last week MPC made its case that the Commission needs to act fast in giving the company permission to charge customers $312 million […] [...]

New law forbids hidden rate deals

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has voted unanimously to adopt a rule to “discourage the practice of filing non-confidential information confidentially” by public utilities. Under this rule, information pertaining to rate impacts to customers cannot be hidden from the public view. Confidential document filing became an issue during hearings and discussions regarding Mississippi Power Company’s […] [...]

Utilities’ fuel purchase practices will be scrutinized

by Amy McCullough Published: September 26,2010

Tags: Brandon Presley, HORNE, Leonard Bentz

Audits of Mississippi’s electric utilities that were performed by HORNE LLP and Nicholson last year for approximately $1 million and $600,000, respectively, will be bid out this year, per a vote last week by the state Public Service Commission. Commissioner Leonard Bentz did not want to advertise for bids. The Commission, like other state agencies, […] [...]

PSC Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights

by Stephen McDill Published: September 24,2010

Tags: Brandon Presley, energy, Leonard Bentz, Lynn Posey, Public Service Commission, public utilities, telecom

JACKSON- The Miss. Public Service Commission recently approved the first ever “Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights” in Mississippi. The 21 “rights” went into effect Sept. 4. [...]

Public record or corporate secrets

by Amy McCullough Published: September 19,2010

Tags: Ben Stone, Brandon Presley, Brent Bailey, Leonard Bentz, PSC, Sondra McLemore

PSC to decide whether public should be privy to matters concerning their pocket books ahead of corporate concerns of confidentiality By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER amy.mccullough@msbusiness.com At a hearing last week regarding whether Mississippi’s public utilities should be able to hide certain documents from the public, several utilities spoke out in favor of leaving […] [...]

Miss. PSC eases Kemper restrictions

JACKSON- The Mississippi Public Service Commission passed another conditional approval of Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant, relaxing the financial restrictions imposed in its April order. [...]

Breaking: PSC eases Kemper restrictions

See related video. Today the Mississippi Public Service Commission passed another conditional approval of Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant, relaxing the financial restrictions imposed in its April order. (Read order.) The Commission raised the plant cost cap from $2.4 billion to $2.88 billion. The Commission also agreed to allow the […] [...]

Commissioners: Law allowing utility to hide rate impact unfair

Two out of the three Mississippi Public Service Commissioners think a law that has allowed Mississippi Power Company to hide the rate impacts of its proposed $2.4 billion power plant is wrong. By law, a utility is allowed to file with the Commission any information it wants to keep confidential. To uncover the information, a […] [...]

Mississippi Power’s Kemper decision deadline extended

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted last week to give Mississippi Power Company an extension on its deadline to accept the Commission’s conditions for the proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. Public Service Commissioners Leonard Bentz, Lynn Posey and Brandon Presley voted unanimously to extend the deadline to May 26. The Commission’s April […] [...]

Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC’s) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean […] [...]

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