Posts Tagged ‘Public Service Commission’

ALAN TURNER — Michael Callahan has a big job covering most of state

After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Callahan says that he figured out that football was one avenue to career success. “I wound up going to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship,” he said in a recent meeting.  “I was the first member of my family to go to college, and I […] [...]

Judge tosses water association suit against state regulation

JACKSON — A federal judge has dismissed a suit that sought to stop the Mississippi Public Service Commission from regulating certain aspects of rural water associations and electric cooperatives. The Mississippi Rural Water Association sought to void a rule that requires a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims, claiming the commission overstepped […] [...]

Florida firm cited on no-call rules, fined $25K

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators have ordered a Florida company named Active Periodicals to pay $25,000 for violating the state’s ban on unwanted telemarketing. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to impose the penalty against Active Periodicals, which is based in Deerfield Beach. It is the latest in a series of fines that the Public Service […] [...]

PSC lawyer: Electric co-ops have less money than thought

JACKSON — That $160 million pile of cash that Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said Mississippi electric cooperatives should be giving back to their customers? Almost everyone agrees now that the state’s 25 cooperatives don’t have nearly that much money lying around. Shawn Shurden, a lawyer for the Public Service Commission, told commissioners […] [...]

PSC approves waiver of utility deposits for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators have approved a plan to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days as a way to help victims move away from abusers even if they don’t have enough money to pay deposits. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 yesterday to approve the waiver, a month after […] [...]

Presley calling for investigation of electric power associations

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley wants the utility regulator to investigate whether some electric power associations are holding money they should refund to their member-owners. Presley, a Democrat, said yesterday that he plans to ask the Public Service Commission at its meeting today to launch a formal inquiry. Michael Callahan, CEO […] [...]

PSC’s Brandon Presley calls in-state nuclear waste dump a ‘harebrained scheme’

NETTLETON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has reached out to President Barack Obama, Mississippi’s congressional delegation and other Washington leaders in an attempt to block any federal government attempts to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste in Mississippi. In a letter sent this week, Presley shared copies of recent unanimously passed PSC resolutions opposing […] [...]

Mississippi Power, Sierra Club reach settlement in Kemper plant case

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County. The company and the Sierra Club announced yesterday that they are ending […] [...]

Presley pressing utilities to extend small business incentives

JACKSON — In a series of letters sent to the heads of major Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is calling for the companies to extend the sign-up periods for new small businesses who want to take advantage of the companies’ small business incentive programs. Some utilities’ programs are set […] [...]

Presley alerts farmers to new sales tax break on energy bills

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is notifying agricultural businesses in Mississippi of a change in tax law that may lower their utility bills. The change, which went into effect July 1, exempts certain agricultural business from being charged state sales tax on their energy bills, particularly bills for electric and natural gas service. […] [...]

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