State Supreme Court denies challenge to MS Power rate hike request

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has dismissed Thomas Blanton's challenge to an emergency rate increase requested by Mississippi Power to pay for its Kemper County plant.

The state supreme court ruled Thursday it's premature to rule on the Public Service Commission's latest rate increase for Mississippi Power until after the PSC holds a hearing on the matter. That hearing is set for Nov. 10.

Mississippi Power wants to restore an 18 percent rate hike that helps pay for the new Kemper County lignite plant.

Several months ago, the supreme court ruled the way the PSC approved the initial 18 percent rate hike was illegal because prudency hearings weren't held. The court ordered Mississippi Power to rebate $370 million to its customers.

Now, that same 18 percent rate hike is under consideration again, but this time, both the power company and a majority of the PSC believe it's being considered the right way.

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