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Boyce Adams either lying or uniformed when it comes to his key issue — the Kemper County Coal Plant

November 7th, 2011 Comments off

Why won’t Boyce Adams answer questions about his main talking point in the race against Brandon Presley for northern commissioner of the Mississippi Public Service Commission?

He has gone on the record several times, saying there will be no rate increase involved with the building of a $2.88 billion coal plant in Kemper County. Yet, when we called him this past week to ask him about it, he didn’t return multiple phone calls.

Boyce Adams has said there will be no rate increase invoved in the building of the Kemper County Coal Plant

In a story we ran in this week’s Mississippi Business Journal, Presley views the plant as a job-killer while Adams was quoted two weeks ago in A Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal story reports Adams as saying, “There is no rate hike associated with the project.”

RELATED STORIES …

••• KEMPER PLANT KEY IN HEATED PSC RACE

••• Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

••• Poultry association: Kemper could cost jobs in Mississippi

••• Topazi talks — ‘About a third’ really means ‘about a half’ where rate increases are concerned with Kemper Coal Plant

••• Public record or corporate secrets — PSC to decide whether public should be privy to matters concerning their pocket books ahead of corporate concerns of confidentiality

••• Kemper plant — Yes or no?

••• Presley pulling for Kemper, but admits it is a huge risk

••• Sierra Club sues to stop Kemper

••• The Kemper Project: What to expect

Brandon Presley has said he opposed and voted against the $2.8 billion Kemper Coal Plant and against the 45 percent rate hike

••• Kemper technology could be proving ground for a plant in China

••• BGR website changed following MBJ story on Kemper Plant

••• (VIDEO) Kemper County welcomes coal plant

••• (VIDEO) Anthony Topazi on the Kemper County Coal Plant

According to a 2009 document filed with the Commission, the Kemper plant could make customer rates go up by about 45 percent. Mississippi Power Company told poultry farmers that their rates would rise by 30 percent.

So, when it comes to rate hikes involved with the Kemper coal project, Adams is either lying or uninformed. In either case, that is unacceptable for someone basing his entire candidacy on the worthiness of the Kemper County Coal Plant.

From my perspective, I am sorry that we cannot provide people with a response from Adams about this issue. However, we have been calling him for nearly a week without a return phone call.

If he needs to clarify his position, he can reach me at (601) 364-1000.

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Presley Passes ‘Rate Reduction, Job Creation Plan’

August 4th, 2011 Comments off

In a press release, Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that utility companies have responded to his request to craft incentives to encourage small business development and job creation in Mississippi.
Entergy Mississippi, Atmos Energy Corporation, CenterPoint Energy Resources and Wilmut Gas & Oil Company have laid out specific incentives, such as reduced rates, waived security deposits and encouragement of existing vacant building development that will go into effect on or before September 9th. Mississippi Power Company’s plan for small businesses will be filed in the coming days.
“I understand how important small businesses are and how their owners struggle to cut overhead costs and to create jobs,” Presley said. “Every dime they can save helps them expand their operations, hire more employees, keep the door open and provide services to our communities. Too many times, the big corporations get all the incentives, while the small businesses, who don’t ship American jobs overseas while avoiding taxes, get forgotten. I wanted to do something about that and help encourage small business development.”
Presley said that the Commission will soon introduce a similar measure for existing small businesses. He said getting that measure passed would take more time, but hoped to have it completed within the next month.

The following rate incentives for job creation will go into effect on or before September 9, 2011
Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
•••Net Monthly Rate (base rate) reduced by 15% for 24 billing months for those who take service before December 31, 2012
••• Security deposit may be paid in 3 monthly installments and may substitute a surety bond or letter of credit for deposits of $2000 or more
••• Applies to new small businesses that open in buildings that have been unoccupied for at least preceding 6 months

Mississippi Power Company
••• Plan to be filed within the next few days

Atmos Energy Corporation
••• Customer charge and distribution charge (non-fuel charges) reduced by 25% for 12 billing months for those who take service before September 1, 2013
••• Security deposit is waived
••• Applies to any new customer account under the applicable commercial Rate Schedule 305

CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp.
•••Base rate (non-fuel charges) reduced by 15% for 12 billing months for those who take service before January 1, 2013
••• Security deposit reduced by 50% (CenterPoint already allows bonds and letters of
credit to secure deposit)
••• Applies to new small businesses that open in buildings that have been unoccupied
for at least preceding 6 months

Wilmut Gas & Oil Company
••• Entire customer charge (including fuel costs, excluding service charges) reduced by 7% for 1 year for those who take service before January 1, 2013
••• May substitute a surety bond or letter of credit for deposits
•••  Applies to new small businesses that open in buildings that have been unoccupied for at least preceding 6 months

Entergy coincidence? Likely not …

October 12th, 2010 Comments off

Does anyone else find it interesting that less than 24 hours ahead of it announcing the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a probe into its business practices, Entergy Corporation pledged $1 million to the city of New Orleans?

New Orleans Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, Chair of the New Orleans City Council Utility Committee, announced Monday that Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is pledging $1 million to the City of New Orleans to support community programs. The donation will specifically benefit the New Orleans Recreation Department and the New Orleans Council on Aging.

As part of the $1 million pledge, NORD will receive $650,000 and the Council on Aging will receive $350,000. The contributions will help in efforts to improve facilities, programs and services that enhance the quality of life for youth and elderly in New Orleans.

Wow!

Surely Entergy isn’t trying to deflect attention away from the investigation into the company’s transmission systems and fuel purchasing practices.

I guess we will have to wait and see what comes of the investigation.

Still, the $1 million smells like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pledging $100 million to Newark, NJ school system the Friday before a not-so-flattering-movie about Facebook “Social Network” was released later that day.