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PSC lawyer: Electric co-ops have less money than thought

JACKSON — That $160 million pile of cash that Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said Mississippi electric cooperatives should be giving back to their customers? Almost everyone agrees now that the state’s 25 cooperatives don’t have nearly that much money lying around. Shawn Shurden, a lawyer for the Public Service Commission, told commissioners earlier this month that a ...

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Entergy agrees to cut $35M from its new rate plan

JACKSON — Entergy Corp. has agreed with Mississippi regulators to cut $35 million from the amount it is seeking from customers under a new rate plan, dropping the total to $14 million annually and setting the stage for the Public Service Commission to approve the plan by Dec. 9. Mississippi’s largest private utility also agreed not to ask customers to ...

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Regulators to look at electric power co-ops' books

JACKSON — Regulators will review the books of Mississippi’s 25 electric power associations to try to determine whether they are holding money that should instead flow back to customers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 yesterday for its own legal staff and the freestanding Public Utilities Staff to conduct a joint review, with an eye toward issuing a report ...

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PSC delays Kemper power plant hearing; Blanton files motion

JACKSON  — The Mississippi Public Service Commission today delayed hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. has spent prudently in building the $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant. Prudency hearings are a key step in the company collecting from its 186,000 ratepayers to pay for the plant, even though rates have already risen 18 percent. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. ...

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Kemper County power plant hearing postponed

The question of who should foot the bill for a new and controversial power plant is on hold. Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. The Mississippi Public Service Commission yesterday delayed prudency hearings from May 19 until at least August. Those hearings ...

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Mississippi Power asks for rate hike to meet fuel costs

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power Co. says it needs to charge more in 2014 for fuel as part of its yearly rate evaluation. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., in a filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, says it wants to raise rates by 3.35 percent. For residential customers, bills would go up 2.66 percent per month, the company says. ...

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Barbour chooses Jones

Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed Virden Jones of Madison as executive director of the Public Utilities Staff. Jones begins the new position immediately and must be confirmed by the Senate. Jones has worked as director of the Electric, Gas and Communications Division at the Public Utilities Staff since 1999. He joined the agency a year earlier as financial modeling manager. ...

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‘No more Easter egg hunts’

Law would keep utilities from sponsoring frivolous events with customers’ money Last month, the state agency that regulates public utilities voted to consider tightening rules that have allowed utilities to be reimbursed by customers for donations made to charities. At a Tuesday (Dec. 7) public meeting, the Mississippi Public Service Commission discussed a proposed rule requiring that public utilities: >> ...

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