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Mississippi House: Power cooperatives could offer internet

With rural residents facing few choices for high speed internet, Mississippi lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a measure that would allow the state’s electric cooperatives to offer the service. The House voted 115-3 to approve House Bill 366 , sending it to the Senate for more debate. The measure would allow Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives to form subsidiaries to offer ...

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Dem Brown won’t run again as Mississippi utility regulator

One of Mississippi’s three public service commissioners says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019. Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, made the announcement Monday. Brown is in his first term on the three-member utility regulatory body after 16 years in the Mississippi House. During Brown’s tenure, the commission has wrestled with the resolution of Mississippi Power Co.’s ...

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Mississippi regulator links to utility employment pages

The agency that regulates Mississippi utilities says people looking for work can now go to its website for links to dozens of utilities’ employment pages. Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown says every community in the state needs well-qualified utility workers, and the new links offer a one-stop shop for people who are looking for a job. Brown says utilities don’t ...

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Cellphones to be added to Mississippi no-call law

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

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

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

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 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

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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