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Mississippi Power Not a Subject of State Probe into Overcharges into Entergy
by Keith Burton - GCN  1/13/09 

An investigation into overcharges by the the electric utility Entergy by state officials does include a similar inquiry into Mississippi Power Co.

Entergy serves customers in the central and central western portions of Mississippi, while Mississippi Power serves customers on the Coast. The two companies are not connected and the state's investigation by the Mississippi Public Service Commission and the Mississippi Attorney General does not involve Mississippi Power.

In a statement regarding whether Mississippi Power is also under scrutiny, Attorney General Jim  Hood told GCN via email that:

"Mississippi Power uses a much more transparent accounting system than does Entergy.  There is documented evidence that Entergy had to pay back over $100 million to Louisiana ratepayers for padding its bills.  We have seen no similar evidence that Mississippi Power has done the same thing.  Due to the revelations against Entergy, once the Public Service Commission staff is placed back under the authority of the three Public Service Commissioners by the Legislature, I am confident they will again have the tools necessary to properly check the filings of all utilities." 

Mississippi Power has requested a 9.2 rate increase based upon what the company claims are higher fuel costs. The Public Service Commission has not yet ruled on the rate increase but the matter is under consideration at this time by the PSC.

More Information:

Attorney General says Entergy Twisting Numbers to Conceal Overcharges to Ratepayers - GCN


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