During the first meeting of the newly-seated Public Service Commission, Southern District Commissioner Dane Maxwell was elected to serve as Chairman by his fellow Commissioners.

Maxwell was sworn in as Public Service Commissioner on January 2 after previously serving as Mayor for the City of Pascagoula.

“It’s an honor to have the confidence of my colleagues to serve as Chairman,” Maxwell said. “The PSC plays an extremely important role in state government and affects every Mississippian. I look forward to serving as Chairman of the Commission and plan to work side by side with Mississippi residents and with businesses to move Mississippi’s economy forward and protect customers’ interests across the state.”

Among the first items Maxwell addressed in Monday’s meeting was approving a rate decrease for Mississippi Power Company customers regarding the company’s fuel costs. The decrease will go into effect beginning the February billing cycle.

“It’s great to see this rate decrease take place for Mississippi Power customers and I’m proud that this was one of the first things enacted by the Public Service Commission after I was selected Chairman. I will continue to work for customers in South Mississippi to ensure rates are just and reasonable and open more doors and opportunities for economic development.”

Release from the Mississippi Public Service Commission.