Rate increase to come with Miss. plant work - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Rate increase to come with Miss. plant work

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Power Co. has told state utility regulators that it expects customers' bills to rise 3.5% over five years as it works to bring Plant Daniel in Jackson County up to new environmental rules.

According to WLBT, Mississippi Power officials outlined the $625 million project for members of the state Public Service Commission at a hearing this week in Jackson.

Mississippi Power and Gulf Power, both Southern Co. subsidiaries, jointly own the plant.

Mississippi Power spokesman Verdell Hawkins says the company hopes to get PSC approval to proceed by Feb. 28.

Hawkins says work to bring Plant Daniel into compliance with the Clean Air Act should be completed by 2015.

Plant Daniel is north of Pascagoula on Mississippi Highway 63.

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