Statement from Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz

Statement from Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz:

In light of the recent press release sent out by the Sierra Club of Mississippi applauding the Mississippi Public Service Commission on the denial of the pre-construction costs on Mississippi Power Company's proposed clean coal plant in Kemper County, Commissioner Bentz would like to caution the rate-payers of Mississippi that the same individuals (Sierra Club) who are claiming victory are also the same individuals who are fighting for mandatory Cap-and-Trade legislation in Washington, D.C. that will inevitably increase the electric bills of all rate-payers in Mississippi by as much as fifty percent.

Mississippi Power Company requested that the Commission make several determinations earlier than we scheduled. The Commission determined that it would stay on the present schedule and consider all of the requests of Mississippi Power on its previously issued schedule.  No costs or other matters were denied at this time.