The Sierra Club and Mississippians for Affordable
Energy need your help! The Mississippi Power Company wants you, the
rate-payer, to finance the dirty, expensive, and unnecessary Kemper County
DIRTY—The plant will use one of the most polluting types
of mining known as lignite strip mining, 45 square miles in the headwaters of
the Pascagoula River.
EXPENSIVE—The cost is estimated at more than
$2.88 billion dollars. Once again, this cost is put on the rate payers and
not the company itself.
UNNECESSARY—Mississippicurrently has natural gas power plants
lying idle that can supply three times the necessary amount of power for the
Senate Bill No. 2793, signed by the governor,
authorizes Mississippi Power to charge its customers to pay for the construction
of this plant. Due to its experimental nature, the plant may never EVEN
WORK. The rate payer will have to pay for the plant, with an
ESTIMATED 48% RATE INCREASE, even if it never produces one watt of
electricity. Yes, this provision is even in the bill. We can no
longer afford to support this type of corporate welfare. This project will
make a few very rich while producing SOME jobs. These jobs will most
likely not be created jobs but jobs that are simply relocated from power plants
on the Coast.
The MS Public Service Commission will hold a
public hearing on the request by the Mississippi Power Company for a 12%
increase in our electric rates, starting NOW, toward the estimated 48% increase
in the future.
We will be chartering a bus to travel to Jackson, MS
on June 22 to attend the MS Public Service Commission hearing. Round trip
including lunch $10 by June 22. Join us to protest the blatant collusion of MS
Power and our Mississippi lawmakers to satisfy their own interests instead of
the public’s interest.
Meet us at 7:00 am at the parking lot of
Barnes and Noble. Please RSVP to Linda St. Martin at
228-324-4028 or email
Glen Sandberg if you plan on
coming. If you are in Jackson County, there will be a pickup location in
your area TBD.