MISSISSIPPI POWER COMPANY VS. MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND THOMAS A. BLANTON
This Mississippi Supreme Court decision was a resounding defeat for MIssissippi Power Company. In the case before the justices, Thomas Blanton asked the Supreme Court to invalidate rate increases approved by the Public Service Commission (“Commission”) for Mississippi Power Company (“MPC”). He challenged the constitutionality of the 2008 Baseload Act, which was legislation that had been passed by the Mississippi legislature which allowed utilities to raise customer rates to pay for their new power plants before the power plants begin generating electricity. Blanton's position was that collecting from customers before a power plant is turned on is unconstitutional.
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