Electric Utility Varieties and Rates


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There’s a disclaimer on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mileage estimates for cars and trucks that says simply “your mileage may vary.”
The same could be set for electricity rates throughout Mississippi, which vary widely depending on the provider.  Electric utilities in Mississippi come in three varieties:  Investor-owned utilities such as Mississippi Power and Entergy, non-profit cooperatives and municipally-owned utilities.
Most of the 18 municipally-owned utilities are in the northeastern part of the state and are served by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Rates range from Tupelo’s system, which charges 9.28 cents per kilowatt hour, to West Point, which charges 11.25 cents per kilowatt hour.
The cooperatives are non-profit corporations and serve most of the rural areas of the state.  Rates for cooperative customers range from 13.76 cents per kilowatt hour for the Yazoo City Electric Power Association to the Prentiss County Electric Power Association (EPA), which charges 9.41 cents per kilowatt hour.
The Prentiss County EPA is served by TVA, as are several other cooperatives.
The two investor-owned utilities — Mississippi Power and Entergy — are at opposite ends of the spectrum.  Both serve only a small portion of the state’s population, about 527,000.  Mississippi Power’s rates remain the third highest in the state, while Entergy’s are the lowest in the state.  Both received recent pass-through rate increases for fuel and other costs.
They are also the only generating companies that are completely regulated by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.  The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates most of the activities of the cooperatives and the municipal systems.
Mississippi Power supplies electricity to Cooperative Energy, the city of Collins and the East Mississippi Power Cooperative.  In 2017, 19.3 percent of Mississippi Power revenues came from wholesale sales to other entities.
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