How can I make my voice heard about solar power in Mississippi?
There are two avenues to voice your support. The first is through the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The Mississippi Public Service Commission regulates telecommunications, electric, gas water and sewer utilities. The agency is charged with assuring that rates and charges for services are just and reasonable, that the service rendered is reasonably adequate, and that any facilities constructed or acquired are required for the convenience and necessity of the public. Additionally, the agency exercises safety jurisdiction over gas pipelines and has area jurisdiction over all public utilities. In carrying out its responsibilities, the commission answers complaints, makes investigation and conducts both formal and informal hearings.
For example, before your Utility Company raises your rates, it has to be approved by the Public Service Commission. Their job is to protect citizens (You) from unfair practices from Utilities that serve you.
The Public Service Commission is composed of three elected officials representing North, Central and South Mississippi. They conduct both public and private hearing throughout the year. All are posted on their website. (See below).
For the past months, the public Service Commission has established a docket to investigate the development and implementation of net metering programs and standards, as stated by the following Press Release:
POSEY ORDERS INVESTIGATIVE STUDY ON NET METERING IMPACT
Jackson, MS (4/1/14)------Today, Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey ordered an investigative study on the economic impact of net metering.
“Net metering is an important topic in the utility industry. The purpose of the study is to determine if net metering is in the best interest for the ratepayer and a practical option for utilities. I look forward to the results,” said Posey.
Ratepayers can stay informed by checking the Mississippi Public Service Commission website at www.psc.state.ms.us or by calling 1-800-356.6430.
If you support solar and solar incentives, such as net metering, for the State of Mississippi, the following contacts will put you in touch with the Commissioner who represents your area of the State:
- Lynn Posey - Chairman, Central District
Voice: (601) 961-5430 • Toll-Free: (800) 356-6430 • Fax: (601) 961-5824
- R. Stephen Renfroe - Vice Chairman, Southern District
Voice: (601) 961-5440 • Toll-Free: (800) 356-6429 • Fax: (601) 961-5842
- Brandon Presley - Commissioner, Northern District
Voice: (601) 961-5450 • Toll-Free: (800) 356-6428 • Fax: (601) 961-5476
Nettleton Direct: (662) 963-1471 • Nettleton Toll Free: (800) 637-7722
- Another avenue is through your Legislators. There were two bills introduced into the 2014 Legislative Session, HB1378 and HB354. Both of these bills offered incentives to homeowners who wished to install solar. Both of these bills died in Committee without discussion. With all this attention on net metering and Solar incentives, now may be the best opportunity to make your voice heard. They not only want your opinion, but need your (the public’s opinion) in order to make sound policy decisions.