By Ashley Conroy
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A judge from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled that Entergy Corp. has violated its own Systems Agreement.
Judge John Dring, an administrative law judge said that the corporation has overcharged customers in four states.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced the ruling on Monday saying that Entergy needs to pay back its rate payers.
"A judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has now determined that Entergy has done just exactly what we've been saying that they've done," General Hood said.
Hood says Entergy has been selling lower rates to third parties for corporate profits rather than selling these rates to customers.
"Everybody knows that Entergy has been cheating Mississippi rate payers," General Hood said.
However, Entergy Mississippi Spokesperson Mara Hartmann says the company has been in compliance with all rules and regulations.
"We believe we've followed all the policies and procedures and have done everything appropriate," Hartmann said. "We've maintained that all along we've always been in compliance with our regulators, and we believe we are this time."
Hartmann says the judge's ruling is only an initial decision in a drawn out process.
"This isn't a final decision, this isn't a FERC decision, this is a decision by an administrative law judge that's looking at this. The whole FERC will need to review it."
In response to the judge's decision, Commissioner Brandon Pressley for the Mississippi Public Service Commission said in a statement:
"Having this order in hand, Entergy should immediately take steps to make these refunds and now put shareholders interest above the public interest by trying to delay this process."
Meantime, Entergy Mississippi says if FERC agrees with the judge's ruling, they will appeal it.
The entire investigation covers Entergy Arkansas, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Mississippi, Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Texas with 2.7 million customers at stake.
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