On June 10, 2009, MS Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley was selected to the board of the National Regulatory Research Institute.

What was not cited in the release is that the Public Service Commission earlier this year recently retained NRRI for a six figure sum to evaluate Mississippi Power’s proposed clean coal plant in Kemper County, Mississippi.

From NRRI’s monthly newsletter

NRRI to Assist Mississippi Public Service Commission

NRRI has been retained by the Mississippi Public Service Commission to help the Commission assess a petition by Mississippi Power Company to build a 582-MW lignite-fired integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) baseload generating facility and recover the project’s costs during construction.

Coincidence? Maybe. But like so much in Mississippi politics, a little forethought could have been put forward to avoid the appearance of pay for play.