Court rules on MS Power document release

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The State Supreme Court handed down a decision concerning Mississippi Power and a non-profit group's request for documents.

Earlier, the power company had filed an appeal concerning the confidentiality of some reports the company gave to the Public Service Commission. Those reports concerned the Kemper County plant now under construction and natural gas price forecasting in 2009. A nonprofit that advocates for economic growth in Mississippi called Bigger Pie Forum had requested three of those documents.

A Chancery Court in Hinds County ruled the power company should produce the reports, but told Bigger Pie to narrow the scope of its request.

The State Supreme Court found that while the information requested was similar to what had already been published in the Wall Street Journal, it was also "distinctly different."

The court ruled that Mississippi Power should only be required to produce portions of documents from 2009 that were published in the journal concerning natural gas price forecasts and CO2 cost assumptions.

Bigger Pie Forum President Ashby Foote said they are gratified with Thursday's court ruling.

Mississippi Power sent WLOX News a statement that read, "Today's ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court makes no determination as to whether any confidential Mississippi Power documents submitted to the Mississippi Public Service Commission should be released. The Court has remanded the case to the Hinds County Chancery Court. Mississippi Power will continue to provide the courts with any information it requests regarding this issue."

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