Blanton: Mississippi Power gave state Supreme Court no legal basis to reverse refund

Hattiesburg oilman Tom Blanton calls the embattled Kemper County power plant a “dormant white elephant” in his latest move in a long-running chess match with Mississippi Power over its 2013 rate increase.

“There is no legal or factual basis for the Court to reverse its position and rule in Mississippi Power Company’s favor,” begins Blanton’s response to a request that the Supreme Court reconsider a decision in Blaton’s favor. “The majority and concurring opinions issued by the Court on February 12, 2015, are cogent, tightly considered opinions.”

The state Supreme Court last month threw out the rate increase and ordered Mississippi Power to return to customers the $257 million it had received. Mississippi Power has said if the money were returned, it would be forced to go back to the state Public Service Commission and ask for a 40 percent increase. Both Mississippi Power and the PSC have asked the court to reconsider its decision.

SunHerald
3/18/15