The Mississippi Public Service Commission has sided with Mississippi Power Company in its argument that there's a need for additional generating capacity and energy as early as 2014.
In a statement Monday, the PSC said Mississippi Power has shown that public convenience and necessity requires or will require additional generating capacity in the future.
Central District Commissioner Lynn Posey said after a review of the entire record, the commission notes that the record contains no credible evidence to support a finding that MPC has no need or that this commission should not proceed to phase two of these proceedings.
Posey said it made the decision based on all the information, including all the pre-filed testimony filed in these proceedings, the pleadings, briefs, letters, exhibits, data request responses and all other documents contained in the record, and all of the oral testimony provided at the hearings in this matter.
Mississippi Power will begin phase two hearings, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.