14 Feb '15, 12am

Mississippi utility must repay $281M for illegally financing “clean coal”: On February 12, the day we publishe...

On Feb. 12, the day we published a deep-dive story on the Kemper County energy facility — the nation’s first “clean” coal plant — the Mississippi Supreme Court dropped the gavel on one of the most controversial aspects of the project: the rate hikes that Mississippi Power customers have been seeing on their electric bills since March 2013. In its ruling , the court ordered the Mississippi Public Service Commission to force Mississippi Power to refund a total of $281 million it earned in 2013 and 2014 thanks to the rate hikes. The Public Service Commission had authorized a 15 percent and then a 3 percent additional rate increase associated with the Kemper facility’s construction costs. (On its website, Mississippi Power predicts overall increases could reach 24 to 26 percent .) Plaintiff Thomas Blanton originally launched the lawsuit to challenge the 2008 Base Load Act, a M...

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