Mississippi Power Takes Rate-Hike Request To Service Commission - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

GROUP SAYS RATE HIKE COULD CAUSE MORE LAYOFFS

Mississippi Power Takes Rate-Hike Request To Service Commission

A 9.5 percent rate hike for electricity is justifiable, according to officials from Mississippi Power. Company spokesman Kurt Brautigam says that just as with all other business, Mississippi Power Company is facing rising operating costs.

"All of our operations, as well as our wages and every other aspect associated with our business has gone up, so it's very much the same as any company who must raise their cost a little bit to their customers in order to remain a viable entity," Brautigam said.

But members of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association say 9.5 percent is not a little bit. In fact, it's a tremendous increase that business owners say could have an equally enormous effect.

"A couple of our folks may pay as much as a million dollars more for their electricity," association member Jerry McBride said. "The small guys, proportionally, would be effected and manufacturing is in a recession right now so it's causing a lot of concern."

The state has already lost 10,000 thousand manufacturing jobs this year alone. The Mississippi Manufacturers Association says such a rate hike could bring even more layoffs.

Mississippi's Power's last rate hike was for only one percent. The Public Service Commission hearing on the 9.5 percent proposed increase will run through the end of the week. Commissioners will make a decision some time next month.

By Iris Keogh

Online Producer Glenn Cummins

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-07-25 04:10:04 GMT

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>
  • Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:58:50 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>
  • Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:09:56 GMT
    Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly