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Mississippi Power opposes energy-efficiency rules

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A number of utilities and consumer groups say they support proposed rules that would require Mississippi electric and gas utilities to implement programs to save energy.

However, Mississippi Power Co. says it opposes the rules because bills could rise for customers who don’t make homes or businesses more efficient.

The Public Service Commission began considering energy efficiency rules in early 2010. A number of states have adopted similar rules.

Utilities could be required to conduct energy audits, tune customer heating and air conditioning systems, weatherize homes, and incentivize builders of new homes and commercial buildings. A study says the proposals could cost utilities $90 million in the first year, in addition to $70 million customers would spend after rebates. Long-term benefits could include the need for fewer new power plants.


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  1. What kind of “fight” / “argument” will Miss. Power use when many of its “metered” clients – see the light and eventually move to SOLAR (PV).

    The technology is here and available, the cost is coming down, it IS reliable, and the monthly cost are what any prudent person would call “savings”.

  2. Daniel-Mississippi

    As long as the Mississippi Public Service Commission is 2/3 dominated by two commissioners who are corporate sellouts why would Mississippi Power Company agree to anything reasonable, anything that would benefit the ratepayer?

  3. Barbara Correro

    Mississippi Power Company is not going to do “anything” but push this unnecessary and expensive Kemper Lignite plant of which I live in the footprint. Greed and obvious stupidity has pushed this and of course, we all know that it is being built on the backs of the rate payers thanks to the Mississippi Public Commission. I was at the very first public meeting held by Mississippi Power Company with Mississippi State at their side on the small stage when the then CEO stated that “Mississippi has no sunshine”. Thus, solar is not in their thinking process.

  4. It’s less about the cost to their consumers and more about how much work they have to do. They are probably more concerned with all the additional workload and programming they will have to do. Because they really don’t have a problem pushing costs onto consumers, i.e. Kemper Coal Plant.

    They must understand that there’s a difference between short and long-term costs. Just studying simple economics will give you the understanding of reducing costs in the long-term by investing. The costs increases shouldn’t even be necessary if they simply cut costs and become a more lean company. The problem is they have no real competition and they’ve been in that non-competitive market environment for far too long.

    Also, Kemper “Lignite” plant is just a gimmick so Kemper Coal plant won’t can’t be the catchphrase for anti-Kemper folks.

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