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Still no deal on rates for Mississippi Power's Kemper plant

By JEFF AMY
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Regulators and Mississippi Power Co. have again failed to agree on how much money customers should pay for a power plant.

The impasse remains after the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. rejected a fresh offer from the Public Utilities Staff on rates for the Kemper County power plant.

In August, the staff and Mississippi Power differed by $250 million or more on how much customers should pay for Kemper. Staff Executive Director Virden Jones said Friday that staff made another offer, but the utility rejected it. Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown says that offer would have allowed Mississippi Power to collect roughly an additional $110 million.

Brown and Commission Chairman Brandon Presley say they're likely to discuss the situation in closed session Tuesday and then order further proceedings.

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