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MS Power and PSC need to work together

Next week an important decision will be made concerning the future of power generation in Mississippi. Recently the Public Service Commission voted two to one to allow Mississippi Power Company to build a lignite coal facility in Kemper County. However Mississippi Power leaders said the restrictions placed on them would prohibit the plant from being built.

In the past few weeks there have been some important developments. Mississippi Power is asking the commission to reconsider parts of its earlier ruling.

The power company has proposed a number of alternate proposals. Mississippi Power believes federal funding is in place which would allow it to delay asking consumers to help pay for the construction of the new plant until 2012.  Also, Mississippi Power has received a $279 million federal tax credit which improves the overall economic feasibility of the proposed facility.

The Kemper County Plant has a lot of pluses. You have a Mississippi natural resource, lignite, which will be used to fuel the plant and is more environmentally friendly. A number of jobs both construction and operational will be created.

It seems to us that now is the time for the power company and public service commission to work together and figure out how to make this project become a reality. This is a large project for Mississippi, but it is an important one for the future electric needs of South Mississippi residents.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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