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Rate hearing set next month

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Oct. 25, 2001
The Mississippi Public Service Commission is expected to hold public hearings next month to determine whether Mississippi Power Co. will be allowed its proposed 9.5 percent rate increase. The hearings are scheduled Nov. 7-9 in Jackson.
Mississippi Power officials announced the proposed increase in July and filed a petition with the commission in early August.
At that point, the public utilities staff began an investigation. Findings will be brought to the commission, which ultimately will approve or deny the rate increase proposal.
Kurt Brautigam, spokesman for Mississippi Power, said company officials have been asked more than 400 different questions to date, in addition to the information they initially provided.
He said several groups have expressed interest in the matter, including the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Mississippi Casino Operators Association doing business as the Gulf Coast Gaming Association, the Sierra Club, the Department of the Navy, the Mississippi Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and several corporations Dynegy Inc., Chevron, Colonial Pipeline and Williams Energy Marketing.
Brautigam said a final decision is expected by year's end. If approved, the proposed increase would be effective in January.
A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month currently pays about $80. Under the proposed rate increase, that bill would rise by about $7.50 for a total bill of $87.50.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3275, or e-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.

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