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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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Presley pushing to block MEI payment by Mississippi Power customers

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is pushing to have $45,000 paid by Mississippi Power Company for membership to the Mississippi Energy Institute, a group recently promoting nuclear waste storage in Mississippi, excluded from payment by electric customers on the Gulf Coast. Presley raised the issue yesterday in the Commission’s regular business meeting in Jackson. “If the Mississippi Energy ...

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Brandon Presley elected president of regional association of public service commissioners

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley was recently elected to lead the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC) for the upcoming 2013-2014 year, as its President. Presley, who is in his second term as Northern District Public Service Commissioner, was unanimously elected at the group’s recent annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Presley succeeds North ...

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PSC’s Mississippi Power probe continues as regulators mull next move

An abrupt leadership change at Mississippi Power Co. spurred by the former president’s stonewalling the Mississippi Public Service Commission has regulators plotting their next steps. Southern Co.’s board of directors voted Monday to name G. Edison “Ed” Holland the utility’s new president. Holland replaces Ed Day, who was named president in 2010. Day has spent a total of 30 years ...

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PSC approves multi-year rate plan for Kemper coal plant

Mississippi Public Service commissioners voted 2-1 last Tuesday to approve a multi-year rate plan for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. Terms of the plan call for the utility to receive $99 million in construction-work-in-progress funds for the rest of 2013. That will create a rate increase between 12 and 13 percent for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours ...

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Kemper county energy facility — a wise decision was made

The Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously determined in 2009 that Mississippi Power would need additional baseload electric power generation to meet consumer demand in 2014. Baseload generation provides electricity that’s needed every hour of every day, 365 days a year. By 2014 with increasing demand for electricity and no additional baseload generation, Mississippi Power customers would face volatile and high ...

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Coal plant awaits state supreme court hearing

The past year has been an eventful one for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. In March, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the 2010 order the Mississippi Public Service Commission issued that granted the plant a certificate of pubic convenience and necessity did not cite sufficient evidence from the record of proceedings. Justices, in their ruling, kicked the ...

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Louisiana PSC looks into Entergy's response to Isaac

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s utility regulatory agency is hashing out complaints over Entergy’s response to Hurricane Isaac. The Public Service Commission conducts a hearing Wednesday, as it considers whether to level any penalties against the company for a flawed response. More than 900,000 utility customers — or 43 percent of homes and businesses — were left without electricity after ...

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PSC fines are much ado about nothing

Every so often, I will answer the phone, and there will be some telemarketer trying to sell me something or another. I am on the no-call list, mind you. So, I really shouldn’t be getting these calls. Everyone knows what I am talking about. You are trying to eat dinner or help kids with their homework and some knothead calls ...

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