Hood files motion to delay building a coast power plant

State Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Public Service Commission to delay approval of Mississippi Power Company’s $2 billion coal burning plant in Kemper County until several legal questions he raised about the project are answered.

Documents he filed with the PSC question whether the three-member panel can approve such a venture “with the ratepayers taking the cost and technology risk.” A measure passed in the Legislature last year gives utility companies power to increase rates to pay for new plants before they are built if the PSC approves. The new law allows the PSC to require power companies to return the money if such a plant isn’t built, but it isn’t automatic.

Here is the motion