Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Public Service Commission’

Mississippi Power asks for rate hike to meet fuel costs

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power Co. says it needs to charge more in 2014 for fuel as part of its yearly rate evaluation. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., in a filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, says it wants to raise rates by 3.35 percent. For residential customers, bills would go up 2.66 percent […] [...]

Council gives state high marks for energy-efficiency policies

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is the most improved state in the nation for energy-saving policies, a ratings group says. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy lauded the state yesterday for efforts in the last year that included lawmakers passing a new energy code for buildings and the Public Service Commission passing requirements for electric […] [...]

Price tag for Kemper plant grows by another $150M

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co. says the expected cost of the power plant it’s building in Kemper County has risen another $150 million because of schedule delays. That pushes the total cost of the plant, a coal mine and associated pipelines to almost $5 billion. The complex was originally projected to cost about $2.8 […] [...]

Presley wants waiver on utility deposits for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is proposing a 60-day waiver on utility deposits for victims of domestic abuse. Presley, who represents Mississippi’s Northern District on the three-member PSC, said the measure is intended to provide financial relief that would make it easier to get out of dangerous situations. The measure is modeled after […] [...]

PSC asking for more information on Kemper coal plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Regulators say Mississippi Power Co. needs to submit more evidence that it has spent money prudently on the power plant it’s building in Kemper County. The state Public Service Commission voted 3-0 yesterday to require more information from Mississippi Power on the $4.75 billion it is spending to build the coal-fueled power […] [...]

Kemper plant will not meet construction schedule

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co. says its Kemper County power plant won’t be finished by the original May 2014 deadline, but will start service sometime later that year. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. will have to repay $133 million in federal tax credits it received with the condition of meeting the May deadline. […] [...]

Gas utility to build pipelines to industrial parks

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Atmos Energy will begin construction of 23 miles of natural gas pipelines next year to three industrial parks in East Mississippi. The company and Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey made the announcement yesterday in Meridian. The three industrial sites that will receive the pipeline service are the Sonny Montgomery Industrial […] [...]

Still no new filings in Entergy-ITC merger

JACKSON — Almost a month after Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. withdrew their merger application in Texas, they haven’t refiled. Since then, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi have delayed consideration of the merger. “We’re wanting to see where Texas goes on this,” said Eric Skrmetta, chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Observers say the […] [...]

Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power […] [...]

No timetable for replacing Leonard Bentz

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz had not, as of Tuesday, sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter noticing his resignation from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It’s a matter of time before he does, Bentz said. Bentz was hired last week as the new executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, […] [...]

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