The Picayune Item
Like most of his assertions, it’s simply not true. Not only does Emmerich get his facts wrong, he is doing so deliberately in an effort to mislead your readers about Mississippi Power because, by his own admission, he is opposed to the very idea of the Kemper County energy facility. There are too many facts to correct given the space limitations, but here are a few:
Emmerich insists our rates will go up by 60 percent. This is outlandish. We were granted a 15 percent increase related to Kemper for 2013 and are projecting the total increase to pay for the facility to be 22 percent for the average retail customer. Further, the increase associated with paying for this innovative, environmentally responsible facility is directly in line with increases associated with facilities built to benefit our customers in the 1970s and 1980s. The only thing that changed since the project was certified is the fact that customer bills are going up less than initially projected to pay for the facility.
Emmerich says our rates are 66 percent higher than Entergy’s rates. A quick visit to each respective website for a comparison of today’s rates for the typical 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would quickly demonstrate that there is no basis for this figure. Not even close.
Emmerich, an ardent defender of the natural gas industry, says natural gas prices are stable. In the past decade, natural gas has cycled from $3 per mmBtu to $12 to $15, down to $2 and back up to $4. That’s not price stability.
Jason Lee, Pine Belt Division Manager, Miss. Power