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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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PSC wants to hear from utilities about proposed EPA regulations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi’s power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a nationwide effort, proposed in June that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower in the ...

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Entergy wants PSC to approve overhaul of entire rate structure

JACKSON — Entergy Corp. officials tell The Associated Press they will ask Mississippi regulators to overhaul the power provider’s entire rate structure in a proposal that would generated an estimated $49 million increase in annual revenue. The rate overhaul would be the company’s first in 12 years. Entergy Mississippi CEO Haley Fisackerly tells The Associated Press that rates would rise ...

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Ground broken on first PSC-funded natural gas expansion project

What does natural gas and economic development have in common? Job creation, says the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Officials have broken ground on one of the first natural gas expansion projects funded by the PSC’s economic development initiative. With the groundbreaking, Attala Industrial Park in Kosciusko will become one of the first beneficiaries of the Commission-approved economic development fund, receiving ...

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NARUC lawsuit stops collections for Nuclear Waste Fund

JACKSON — Thanks to the work of state utility commissions, this year Mississippi ratepayers will have an estimated $3.7 million dollars in their pockets which would otherwise go to the federal government, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. As a result of a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), of which the Mississippi Public Service ...

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Fitch Ratings taking no action due to Kemper plant delay

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. On April 28, Mississippi Power announced another revision on the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC and a further increase in the construction costs. Further cost increases and/or schedule extensions cannot be ...

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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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Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data

KEMPER COUNTY — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about the $5 billion complex that ...

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Two companies fined for violations of 'No-Call' law

JACKSON — Two companies, including one based in Mississippi, have been found in violation of the state’s ‘No-Call’ law. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced Public Service Commission-ordered fines totaling $40,000. Higher Impact Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz., was fined $15,000, while Mississippi-based Diverse Solutions, LLC, was fined $25,000. Neither company registered as telephone solicitors with the state of Mississippi, yet ...

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Entergy increases availability of incentives for small businesses

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says that in response to his request, Entergy Mississippi will expand the availability of its Small Business Incentive Program. Entergy filed to amend the incentive program, which lowers the electricity costs borne by small business through a package reduced rates and fees, by removing a requirement that the business be located in a ...

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