January 31, 2013
I have been writing about this cause for nearly 18 months. The Sierra Club of MS has been fighting this issue for nearly five years. It has become imminently clear to those who are aware that this is one of the most blatant attempts at corporate fascism (corporatism) ever in the State of MS, if not in the entire U.S. For reference purposes, “corporatism” was a term often attributed to what Mussolini did in Italy in the 1930’s and was used as the basis and encouragement of Hitler’s Germany. If we don’t make our opposition to these atrocities by MS Power NOW, then we are idiots!!
The content of the message which follows and recommends specific action NOW, was distributed this morning (January 31) by Steve Shepard, local leader of the Sierra Club:–TOB
Subject: EMERGENCY–CALL TATE REEVES AND PHILIP GUNN TODAY REGARDING KEMPER by Steve Shepard
It is unbelievable that Miss. Power has gotten bills ready to pass in both house and senate today that force a $1 billion bond issue on 26 Miss. counties—the Miss Power service area—to pay for $1 billion of Kemper construction costs. This is because the PSC said the rates would only be raised to cover $2.4 billion and the plant is looking to cost an additional $1 billion so far. Probably, if this passes, the next bond issue will be for an additional $billion to cover the ever rising costs and Miss. Power hopes the $2.4 billion rate increase will go through with the help of the Supreme Court.
So understand that this bond issue cost will be put equally on every electrical meter in South Miss. before a single KW is used. Then, when KW are added up a rate increase of upwards of 60% will be added unless the Supreme Court rules the baseload act unconstitutional or if the Supreme Court rules with the Sierra Club in a separate case requiring that the PSC start over again on permitting the plant.
Call Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. 1-601-359-3200. Tell the operator there that you object to SB 2755 coming up for a vote—WE VOTERS CAN’T AFFORD A HIGHER ELECTRIC BILL NOR CAN OUR ECONOMY HANDLE ELECTRIC BILLS SO MUCH HIGHER THAN ALABAMA AND LOUISIANA.
Call Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. 1-601-359-3300. Tell the operator that you object to HB 1134. Again, we voters and rate payers in south Miss. can’t afford a higher electric bill than we already pay.
It should be noted that our electric bills are higher than the surrounding states already. It is unbelievable that Miss. Power thinks it is OK to make our bills twice and three times as high as surrounding states.
These are some of the most important phone calls you will ever make. Tell your friends. Heat up the switch boards until they smoke.
Lawmakers push bills for Kemper power settlement
By JEFF AMY, Associated Press
Updated 3:21 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers are advancing a proposal to let Mississippi Power Co. sell bonds to cover expenses above $2.4 billion at the Kemper County power plant the company is building.
They also want to allow the Mississippi Public Service Commission to approve a multi-year rate plan for the company and its 186,000 customers, to prevent a rate spike when the plant begins operation.
The House Public Utilities Committee and Senate Energy Committee each approved a pair of bills Wednesday aimed at supporting the settlement announced last week between Mississippi Power and thePSC. The bills now go to the full House and Senate for debate. (Continued at link above.)