An Ill Wind

Renewable Freeze

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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Not So Ready Kilowatt

Not So Ready Kilowatt

Regulators from Arkansas and Louisiana are buzzing around Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant. The buzz from those state regulators is a challenge filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which is Grand Gulf’s primary regulatory oversight.  Strangely, Mississippi’s regulators are not yet party to this latest investigation of Grand Gulf and its recent operations.  This begs the question — why not?

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Southern Company’s Dream

Southern CEO Dream

The Southern Company’s dream of a multi-billion plant to transform lignite into electricity will be history in four short years. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the gasifiers and chemical plant will be scrapped by 2024. Remediation of the Liberty lignite mine will be completed this year.

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Is Global Warming a Hoax? A Scam? Is the PSC Serious?

Global Warming and the PSC

A hoax is a humorous or malicious deception.  A scam is a dishonest scheme or swindle.  It’s a hoax for profit.  Hoaxes have made fools of the unwary, and scams have taken unwitting victims for a long time.  How do you avoid getting taken? Cicero asked: Cui bono — Who benefits?

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What’s Wrong With Government Regulated Monopolies?

Monopoly Regulated Utilities

Regulated monopolies are largely protected from competition and are great for their shareholders.  Not so great for their customers though.  Especially if the regulator (the Public Service Commission) has its thumb on the scale for the monopoly. 

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What Can’t Go on Forever Won’t

What Can't Go On

This version of Stein’s Law could be about lots of long running Ponzi schemes. But this is about Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant’s big brothers — two nuclear power plants (Vogtle) under construction in Georgia and their Southern Company daddy. And about regulatory systems that prop up an archaic business model that puts interests of utilities and their shareholders ahead of customers.

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When Politicians Direct Capital

When Politicians Direct Capital

What do small ratepayers in Mississippi and the New Orleans Saints have in common?  Bad officiating. Bad things often happen when politicians direct capital. This is about the PSC.  It’s not doing its job.  And about the Mississippi Legislature which makes the rules (laws) about how the PSC works – or doesn’t work. 

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