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Mississippi's Public Service Commission regulatory structure needs change in order to prevent another Kemper Plant debacle - a voice for the customers must be represented.

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Renewable Freeze

An Ill Wind

by Kelley Williams Published April 14, 2021 How reliable is Mississippi’s electricity? We had rolling blackouts during the freeze. But nothing like the Texas disaster. Were we smart or lucky? We were obviously lucky to have a shorter, less severe freeze than Texas. We won’t know how smart we are until we are really tested. But here’s how the electricity thing works in Mississippi.

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Legislative Session 2021

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PSC Faces Confidentiality Issues

Mississippi’s PSC Faces Confidential Data Issues in the IRP Rule

The Kemper Plant was designed to maximize capital investment so as to maximize the company’s rate of return on capital from ratepayers in the form of rate hikes. Confidentiality of certain key documents played a major role in the plant clearing several early regulatory hurdles. Changing the process by which documents are kept out of the public eye will be essential to preventing another Kemper like disaster from happening again.

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Supplemental Testimony

BPF Motion for Leave To File Supplemental Testimony of Erik Randolph

BPF’s Supplemental Testimony by Mr. Erik Randolph was filed with the PSC on August 23rd.

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PSC IRP Process

Will the PSC Implement an Integrated Resource Planning Process (IRP) for Electric Utilities?

The MS Public Service Commission is investigating implementing an integrated resource planning (IRP) process for electric utilities. As described by the PSC, IRP is “a long range planning process that requires a utility to forecast it’s future energy demand and evaluate how that demand can most efficiently and cost-effectively be met.”

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BPF Intervenor

BPF Intervenor Filing on Integrated Resource Planning Rule 2018-AD-64

Bigger Pie Forum was approved Friday to participate in a docket with the Mississippi Public Service Commission that will decide how the commission reviews the future generation needs and capacity of the state’s two investor-owned utilities, Mississippi Power and Entergy.

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Mississippi Public Service Commission

PSC Starts Conducting Rate Case Audits of Entergy and Mississippi Power

The PSC will now hire outside firms to audit Entergy and Mississippi Power whenever they come before the commission with a rate case to make sure the company is spending its money prudently on capital costs, salaries and other expenses. 

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A Conversation Starter for Changing Mississippi’s Regulation of Utilities

A Conversation Starter for Changing Mississippi’s Regulation of Utilities

Bigger Pie Forum commissioned a study of the structure of PSCs around the country. Among its many discoveries, the study found that Mississippi’s arrangement, which has an investigative staff that is a separate entity from the PSC, is unique among the states.

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