Britton says PSC will be methodical, fair on Miss. Power rate request

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton is reacting to Mississippi Power's request for an 8.5 percent rate increase for 2018.

The company said the increase is not related to the Kemper County Power Plant.

But, Britton said an upcoming hearing involving Mississippi Power and the Public Service Commission could delay a decision on whether to approve that increase.

That Dec. 4 hearing will decide how much customers will pay for the natural gas part of the Kemper facility.

"We have several issues going on at this time," said Britton. "We also have the Kemper hearings that we're going to start on December the 4th and whether that plays any role in the timing of this, I'm not sure."

Britton said commissioners will be fair in making their decision.

"We're going to be very methodical about it, we're not going to get in a rush," he said. "We're going to do our job and we're going to address the facts just as they are."

If the increase is approved, residents who use 1,000 kilowatt hours each month would see their monthly bills increase by about $11.