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Judge: Kemper appeal decision in 2 weeks

By Amy McCullough GULFPORT – While lawyers prepared for the hearing upstairs, more than 20 Gulf Coast residents rallied in the lobby of the Harrison County Chancery Court on Feb. 14, as Mississippi Sierra Club director Louie Miller explained a lawsuit with a pair of flip flops. Miller held up a pair of the popular beach sandals with the names ...

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Stakeholders speak out on utility donations

Commissioners: Entergy misled customers about new rule Last Wednesday, stakeholders complained for three hours about a proposed change to a Mississippi Public Service Commission rule that would limit the charitable donations that they can make with their customers’ money. Comments from the public hearing will be taken into consideration before the Commission votes on the changing the rule. Mississippi is ...

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To the cleaners

JACKSON — The Kemper County clean coal plant decision has passed, but Mississippi Power Company (MPC) and the state Public Service Commission are still debating coal vs. natural gas. At a hearing last week MPC made its case that the Commission needs to act fast in giving the company permission to charge customers $312 million for environmental improvements to the ...

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'Consumers shouldn't have to foot the bill to sue themselves'

Press release from the office of Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley “Consumers Shouldn’t Have to Foot the Bill to Sue Themselves” PSC adopts Presley’s Motion for New Rule Concerning Utilities Legal Fees JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley led the effort last week to prohibit utility companies from being able to re-coop legal fees in cases ...

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New law forbids hidden rate deals

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has voted unanimously to adopt a rule to “discourage the practice of filing non-confidential information confidentially” by public utilities. Under this rule, information pertaining to rate impacts to customers cannot be hidden from the public view. Confidential document filing became an issue during hearings and discussions regarding Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4 billion lignite coal plant, ...

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Utilities’ fuel purchase practices will be scrutinized

Audits of Mississippi’s electric utilities that were performed by HORNE LLP and Nicholson last year for approximately $1 million and $600,000, respectively, will be bid out this year, per a vote last week by the state Public Service Commission. Commissioner Leonard Bentz did not want to advertise for bids. The Commission, like other state agencies, is not required by law ...

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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 By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER amy.mccullough@msbusiness.com At a hearing last week regarding whether Mississippi’s public utilities should be able to hide certain documents from the public, several utilities spoke out in favor of leaving the Public Service Commission rule ...

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Breaking: PSC eases Kemper restrictions

See related video. Today the Mississippi Public Service Commission passed another conditional approval of Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant, relaxing the financial restrictions imposed in its April order. (Read order.) The Commission raised the plant cost cap from $2.4 billion to $2.88 billion. The Commission also agreed to allow the company to put CWIP in ...

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Commissioners: Law allowing utility to hide rate impact unfair

Two out of the three Mississippi Public Service Commissioners think a law that has allowed Mississippi Power Company to hide the rate impacts of its proposed $2.4 billion power plant is wrong. By law, a utility is allowed to file with the Commission any information it wants to keep confidential. To uncover the information, a third party must make a ...

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Mississippi Power’s Kemper decision deadline extended

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted last week to give Mississippi Power Company an extension on its deadline to accept the Commission’s conditions for the proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. Public Service Commissioners Leonard Bentz, Lynn Posey and Brandon Presley voted unanimously to extend the deadline to May 26. The Commission’s April 29 order conditionally approved the ...

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