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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

Barbour omits Republican criticism of nuclear energy plants

February 17th, 2011 1 comment

In a speech you can watch on MBJ-TV, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hammered “the left” and “environmentalists” as the only critics of nuclear energy in America.

“They don’t like nuclear because — I don’t know why they don’t like it,” Barbour said. “They’re afraid of it.”

Barbour went on to say that nuclear energy was of “no more risk than any other type power plant.

Yet, in a Feb. 9 Associated Press story, Republican Sens. James Inhofe and David Vitter are accusing federal nuclear regulators of applying differing standards in reviewing nuclear plants’ applications for relicensing — one for when they draw strong opposition and another for when they don’t.

They say the leading examples are the Pilgrim nuclear station in Plymouth, Mass., and the Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon, Vt., whose owner, Entergy Corp., applied for 20-year license extensions for the two on the same day, Jan. 27, 2006. The reviews for those plants just passed the five-year mark, and are the tied for the longest it has taken the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to examine and approve such an application, a process that usually takes 22 to 30 months, said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan.

Inhofe, of Oklahoma, is the senior Republican on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which oversees the NRC. He’s been a longtime champion of nuclear power.

Vitter represents Louisiana, Entergy’s home state. He has received $20,000 in campaign contributions from the company since the 2002 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan Washington-based group that tracks money in politics.

Get ready to pay high price for coal plant

January 10th, 2011 Comments off

There’s been a lot of hype in recent weeks about how lignite plants across the country are going to be the wave of the future for the energy needs of America.

Since the ground-breaking of the Kemper County Coal Plant in December, Mississippi Power and Southern Company as well as Gov. Haley Barbour have talked a lot about what an economic boom the plant will be for the state.

What everyone fails to mention and point out is that utility rates, for those the new lignite plant will serve, are going to go up nearly 50 percent.

That doesn’t sound like much of an economic plan for the regular citizens of Mississippi.

There’s also a lot of talk about how many people will be employed by the new lignite plant. However, no one ever seems to be able to answer the question about how many Mississippians will be employed in the construction of the plant.

Will the construction be done by lots of outsiders?

Is all of this really good for Mississippi?

If higher utility prices and no jobs for actual people living in Mississippi is good for Mississippi, then I would hate to see what is bad.

Entergy can’t win for losing

November 8th, 2010 Comments off

Entergy has had a tough last few weeks.

First, the Justice Department launched an investigation into its business practices. Last week, we reported that Entergy was looking to sell its nuclear reactor in Vermont, called the Vermont Yankee.

Now, it appears, there is more bad news.

In a story appearing on our website this morning, technicians at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will begin work today to fix a pipe that leaked radioactive water and forced the plant to shut down.

As someone put it to me earlier this morning, “They’re just not doing too well, lately. … It’s like, you announce you are going to sell your car, only to have it break down the next week. …”

Port Gibson forced to turn out the lights

November 1st, 2010 Comments off

Pay attention if you are driving through Port Gibson at night.

The city has decided to disable an undetermined amount of street lights in a cost-cutting effort.

In an announcement in the weekly newspaper, The Port Gibson Reveille, the city said, “Due to the current economic crisis, the Mayor and City Board are having to make some difficult decisions regarding the city budget.”

One of those apparently is to turn off street lights.

“Right now, we have more than 400 street lights — at least twice as many as a town similar in size to Port Gibson,” the announcement stated.

The city is going to keep lights on at major intersections and around schools.

“The safety and security of our citizens are our number one objective,” the announcement said.

One wonders when the city will decided the “crisis” is over.