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PSC sets schedule for resolution of Kemper case

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday set Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Utilities Staff on a course that could allow the regulators to decide by January the rate case related to the troubled Kemper County power plant. A hearing was set for Dec. 4. The PSC on June 21 said that it would order the utility not ...

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PSC starts clock ticking on resolution of Mississippi Power case

  By JACK WEATHERLY The latest chapter in the saga of Mississippi Power Co.’s troubled 582-megawatt “clean coal” power plant in Kemper County started Thursday. “The clock starts ticking today,” Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley said of the order laying out what the PSC says are Mississippi Power’s options. The plant, construction of which began in 2010, was initially ...

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Mississippi Power suspending Kemper coal operation pending PSC showdown

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power Co. and its parent, the Southern Co., issued a statement Wednesday saying that the coal-gasification operations at the Kemper County power plant will be suspended and natural-gas operations would continue. The statement came as a Mississippi Public Service Commission hearing approaches on Thursday, July 6, to determine the future of the project that is years behind ...

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PSC to Mississippi Power: enough is enough on Kemper

By JACK WEATHERLY Years of construction delays and huge cost overruns at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County clean-coal gasification plant have reached the breaking point, as far as state regulators are concerned. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to issue an order on July 6 giving the utility 45 days to comply with the order that would allow ...

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Update: Five years in the making: PSC adopts net-metering rule

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission took its time – five years – to develop and adopt a rule for “net metering,” which will allow homeowners and businesses to produce their own power and sell it to electric utilities. The agency established a docket in 2010, commissioned an independent study and filed it in September of 2014, on ...

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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

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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