Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Public Service Commission’

NARUC lawsuit stops collections for Nuclear Waste Fund

JACKSON — Thanks to the work of state utility commissions, this year Mississippi ratepayers will have an estimated $3.7 million dollars in their pockets which would otherwise go to the federal government, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. As a result of a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), of […] [...]

Fitch Ratings taking no action due to Kemper plant delay

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. On April 28, Mississippi Power announced another revision on the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC and a further increase in the construction costs. Further cost increases […] [...]

Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data

KEMPER COUNTY — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about […] [...]

Two companies fined for violations of ‘No-Call’ law

JACKSON — Two companies, including one based in Mississippi, have been found in violation of the state’s ‘No-Call’ law. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced Public Service Commission-ordered fines totaling $40,000. Higher Impact Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz., was fined $15,000, while Mississippi-based Diverse Solutions, LLC, was fined $25,000. Neither company registered as telephone solicitors with […] [...]

Entergy increases availability of incentives for small businesses

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says that in response to his request, Entergy Mississippi will expand the availability of its Small Business Incentive Program. Entergy filed to amend the incentive program, which lowers the electricity costs borne by small business through a package reduced rates and fees, by removing a requirement that the […] [...]

Southern Co.: Kemper plant construction cost could grow by $40M

KEMPER COUNTY — The Southern Co. says it may cost another $40 million to finish the $5-billion-plus power plant and mine it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said yesterday that it would set aside money in the plant’s budget to cover possible start-up problems. Critics have warned […] [...]

Presley: Utilty rate incentives extended

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reports an extension through 2014, and in some instances beyond 2014, of utility rate incentives aimed at Mississippi small businesses. To date, the incentives have helped over 1,100 Mississippi small businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs, according to Presley. The Small Business Rate Incentive first proposed […] [...]

PSC unanimously rejects Entergy-ITC proposed merger

JACKSON — Mississippi utility regulators have unanimously rejected a merger proposal by Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp., saying the deal could have meant a $300-million rate increase for Mississippi customers over 30 years. “We respect Entergy’s desire to improve its organizational effectiveness, but the commission was not persuaded the transfer of ownership would be […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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