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Cellphones to be added to Mississippi no-call law

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Thirteen years ago, Mississippi enacted its Telephone Solicitation Act to prevent unwanted calls. In recent years, efforts to add cellphones to the act, which only addresses landlines, have gotten no traction in the Legislature. Not so this year. The House and Senate approved Senate Bill 2366 with only two nay votes between the chambers. Gov. Phil Bryant ...

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UPDATE: PSC rejects reconsidering net-metering rule

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By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission had a month to enjoy the fruits of it five years of labor in producing a net-metering rule, which allows customers to produce power by rooftop solar panels and sell it to utilities. Mississippi became the 45th state to pass such a rule. Then the returns came in. Four filers  asked the ...

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ANALYSIS — Presley, at the helm of utility regulator, could get his chance

Public Service Commission chairman Lynn Posey, left, listens as Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley stresses the need for accountability from Mississippi Power Company in issuing refunds or credits to customers after the commission voted to comply with a state supreme court order that found illegal the 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion power plant in Kemper County, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Start thinking of him as Chairman Presley. Brandon Presley has never been shy and retiring. But with a second Democrat coming onto the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the Northern District commissioner will likely take center stage at the utility regulatory agency. With Democrat Cecil Brown of Jackson being sworn into the Central District commission seat, replacing Republican Lynn Posey of ...

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Entergy, Mississippi Power bills to be cut

Customers of two of Mississippi’s largest utilities will see lower bills in February, but regulators will re-examine natural gas costs to see if bills should fall further. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to approve lower fuel costs for both Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co. Bills for Entergy customers will fall $88 million overall. Residential customers who use ...

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Power association to appeal net-metering rule

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By JACK WEATHERLY The South Mississippi Electric Power Association objects to the state’s new net-metering rule whereby homeowners and others can produce electricity and sell it to utilities. The association contends the state Public Service Commission is attempting to set rates for its 419,000 customers, departing from a long-standing policy of the association’s membership deciding that. But it is willing ...

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Moody’s downgrades Mississippi Power debt

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

A bond rating agency downgraded Mississippi Power Co.’s debt to the lowest investment-grade level, saying the election of two new members of the state Public Service Commission “increases regulatory uncertainty.” Moody’s Investors Service cut the debt rating Thursday on the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., its second downgrade in two months. Another downgrade would push the utility’s debt into “junk” ...

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Caution urged in developing ‘rooftop solar’ rules

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By JACK WEATHERLY  No one has spoken out officially against allowing “rooftop” solar production of electricity in exchange for credit on utility bills in Mississippi. But a number have urged the Public Service Commission to use caution in adopting rules for so-called net metering, which would regulate home generation. For that reason the commission decided at an Oct. 6 hearing ...

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PSC hears comments on net-metering proposal

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A process that began five years ago cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday as Mississippi considers adoption of a “net-metering” rule that would allow residents who equip their homes with solar cells to produce electricity and get credit on their utility bills. The Mississippi Public Service Commission heard from a number of intervenors during a two-hour hearing ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op

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Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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