At its open meeting Wednesday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously passed a motion instructing counsel to prepare an order pursuing potential solutions regarding the Kemper County power generation facility.
The order will be presented to the commission at its July 6 meeting.
As part of the order, a new docket number will be opened encouraging a settlement to resolve some or all matters in question.
The commission believes the following areas should be resolved by Mississippi Power Co., the Mississippi Public Utilities staff and intervening parties, and that any settlement presented to the commission should include the following:
• Remove risk from ratepayers for the lignite coal gasifier and related assets
• No rate increase to Mississippi Power Co. customers. The Commission strongly encourages serious discussions leading to potential rate reduction, particularly for residential customers
• The settlement should include modification or amendment of the certificate issued in docket no. 2009-UA-014 to allow only for operation of a natural gas facility at the Kemper Project location.