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Election puts squeeze on PSC to finalize net-metering rule


By JACK WEATHERLY  The current Mississippi Public Service Commission has till Dec. 31 if it wants to make a final decision during its tenure on its proposed net-metering rule for residential solar power generation – four years after the idea was introduced. Sides in the debate over the proposed rule have gotten what would be presumably their last chance for ...

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Mississippi Power: tax credit likely to be repaid

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Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. announced Tuesday it will likely have to repay a $234 million federal tax credit because its Kemper County power plant won’t be in operation by April 19. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said it probably won’t meet that deadline to start producing carbon dioxide at the $6.3 billion plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi, ...

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Mississippi Power urges PSC for break on refunds

Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. is telling regulators that the company wants bill credits to be the default option when refunding the $350 million the company collected from customers for its Kemper County power plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., in a Tuesday filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, said it only wants to issue checks when customers ...

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Candidate asks PSC to block rate hikes till order fulfilled

Associated Press Regulators should block rate increases for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County plant until all the mandates of a state Supreme Court decision are fulfilled, Hattiesburg oilman Tommy Blanton says. It was Blanton’s lawsuit that threw financing arrangements for the $6.2 billion plant into doubt. In a Tuesday filing before the Mississippi Public Service Commission, Blanton’s lawyer wrote that ...

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Power companies urged to consider cell tower idea

MBJ staff Brandon Presley, commissioner for the Northern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission has instructed electric utilities in the state to investigate and develop policies to allow new cell phone towers to be placed on electric transmission towers. Presley said in  news release on Tuesday that such an arrangement could greatly improve cellular coverage in Mississippi while at the ...

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Florida marketer fined $85,000 by PSC

MBJ staff The Mississippi Public Service Commission has imposed civil penalties totaling $85,000 against L & J Bay Area Holding of Temple Terrace, Fla. and Edward L. Dement for alleged violations of the state’s No-Call law. The defendants were alleged to have violated the law on at least 17 occasions. In complaints received by the commission, the company was accused of making ...

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PSC named Katherine Collier executive secretary

The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously voted to name Katherine Collier to the position of executive secretary replacing Brian Ray, who has elected to retire after over 30 years with the agency. The transition would be effective July 1. Collier is currently a senior attorney with the PSC and is a life-long resident of Mississippi having grown up ...

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Utility-rate incentives extended for small businesses

JACKSON, Mississippi — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today an extension through 2014, and in some instances beyond 2014, of utility rate incentives aimed at Mississippi small businesses. To date, the incentives have helped over 1,100 Mississippi “mom and pop” businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs, according to a news release from Presley. The “Small Business Rate ...

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Mississippi is most-improved energy-efficient state in nation

Mississippi has jumped from worst to first in a ranking of the nation’s most-improved states on energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington, D.C., energy think tank. “For too long, Mississippi has ranked dead last in the nation in the area of energy efficiency,” said Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, who joined ...

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Read June 18, 2012 issue of the MBJ

>> INSURANCE INSTITUTE: Lack of codes makes Mississippi Coast … MOST VULNERABLE — By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> LAST AGAIN: Insurance Institute gives state nation’s lowest grade for hurricane-resistant structures — by Ted Carter >> REPORT: 70,000 coastal properties at risk to storm — by Ted Carter >> AGRICULTURE: Southern senators: Farm Bill boosts Midwest, leaves ...

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