Regulators want to exclude some costs from power plant rate

By Jeff Amy, Associated Press

Utility regulators say they want to convert the certificate for Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County power plant to say the plant must burn natural gas, not synthetic gas made from coal.

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Utility regulators say they want to convert the certificate for Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County power plant to say the plant must burn natural gas, not synthetic gas made from coal.

The three members of the Public Service Commission made the announcement Wednesday after a closed meeting to discuss the utility's rate request.

The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. wants to hold rates level while it tries to complete the plant.

Changing the certificate would mean no costs from coal gasification could be included in rates.

Commissioners say they will have a rate hearing within 90 days, but want Mississippi Power and the Public Utilities Staff to seek a settlement over the next 45 days. Commissioners want a plan that excludes further rate increases and possibly lowers them.

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