Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Public Service Commission’

UPDATE: Leonard Bentz leaves post at Public Service Commission

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz leaned into a radio reporter’s microphone Tuesday morning in his office, and sang the first few bars of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” It wasn’t bad. For Bentz, it must have felt awfully good, even though he said the appearance of shedding years of coal plant-related stress was “just […] [...]

Bentz leaving PSC to head South Mississippi Planning and Development District

JACKSON  — Leonard Bentz is leaving the state Public Service Commission to become executive of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The board of the 15-county planning district voted yesterday to hire the Republican Bentz, paying him $150,000 a year. Bentz, who made $78,000 per year representing the PSC’s Southern District, was chosen from […] [...]

Bentz among finalist to lead SMPDD; board to meet tomorrow

GULFPORT — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz is among five finalists for the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District’s executive director job. An official with the group told The Sun Herald yesterday the group’s board of directors meets tomorrow in Gulfport to discuss the vacancy and Bentz is among the five being considering. […] [...]

Atmos Energy gets approval to buy natural gas system

ARTESIA — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has signed an order approving the sale and transfer of the Town of Artesia’s natural gas system to Atmos Energy Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. According to a press release from Presley’s office, the Mississippi Public Service Commission action will result in a 49 percent rate reduction for […] [...]

PSC passes new energy efficient rules for utilities

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has unanimously passed new energy efficiency rules that will apply to electric and natural gas providers in Mississippi. According to a press release from Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, the new rules have an estimated $2 billion savings directly to customers over the next 20 years and create […] [...]

CenterPoint customers to see increase in monthly bill

JACKSON — Rates are going up for CenterPoint’s natural gas customers in Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved a rate increase that will cost the average CenterPoint residential customer an additional $1.58 a month. The average small commercial customer will pay about $4 more per month. The increase goes into effect today, the company […] [...]

Atmos cleared to buy two natural gas systems

BUDE and MEADVILLE — Atmos Energy Corp. will buy two southwest Mississippi natural gas systems. The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved Atmos’ purchase of gas systems from the towns of Meadville and Bude. The Bude system has 280 customers, while the Meadville system has 190. Atmos has been leasing and operating the systems since […] [...]

Kemper rate mitigation bill similar to 2009 Georgia law

Four years ago, lawmakers in Georgia’s General Assembly approved a bill designed to lessen the rate shock for Georgia Power Co. customers related to the utility’s construction of nuclear power units. Mississippi lawmakers are considering a similar bill for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. >> Read complete story here …   [...]

Sierra Club: Poll shows customer opposition to rate hikes via Kemper coal plant

The Sierra Club was supposed to release last Thursday the results of a poll meant to gauge Mississippi Power Co. ratepayers’ attitudes toward the Kemper County coal plant. The environmental group delayed the results because of a hearing in which the Mississippi Public Service Commission reached a rate case settlement with the utility. >> Read […] [...]

PSC to ask utilities to extend small business incentives

The Mississippi Public Service Commission’s December meeting will likely contain an agenda item meant to encourage a handful of utility companies in the state to extend incentives for their small business customers. Mississippi Power Co., Entergy Mississippi and CenterPoint Energy Resources all offer some kind of incentives or payment modification plans to small businesses that […] [...]

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