SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: JUSTICE ON KEMPER FROM THE MISSISSIPPI SUPREMES

Last Thursday's decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court was stunning and emphatic.

BLOG POST MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2015: SUPREME JUSTICE

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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State Supreme Court rules against PSC's allowing early customer prepayment for Kemper

STARGAZING ON THE COAST: FEBRUARY 14TH

NEXT COAST OUTING: STARGAZING FEBRUARY 14, 2015, 7:30 TO 10:00 PM--BRING BINOCULARS
Christopher Verdery has planned a very different outing for February, the last best month for winter time clear skies. Starting February 14—Saturday night—we will meet at the Taco Bell next to the entrance to the Gulf Islands National Seashore at 7:30 pm, so we can drive together to the boat landing inside the park

THE FOREST NEEDS YOU AGAIN!

2015 Annual De Soto Ranger District Cleanup
The forest needs you, again! This is the 22nd year dedicated people like you have volunteered to help restore and beautify the De Soto National Forest. Please join us and help us care for this precious resource. April 11, 2015 Registration: 7:30 AM. To volunteer contact: Marilyn Stone at 601 528-6160.

LAND CONSERVATION RESOURCE SUMMIT: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

Land Conservation Resource Summit - Location: Ocean Springs Civic Center, Ocean Springs, MS, on February 24th, from 6:00pm CT - 8:00pm CT
This resource summit will give the public an opportunity to have a conversation regarding land conservation, which is one of the three priority resources identified by the public during the community conversations. Participants will also receive more information about the Mississippi Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Tool (MCERT) and how it will be utilized in the restoration process. For more information, please go to http://www.restore.ms/resource-summits/.

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