Monday, March 9, 2015

Brent Bailey jumps in to PSC race

Brent Bailey issued the following press release:

Brent Bailey announces candidacy for Mississippi Public Service Commissioner

CANTON, Miss.—Brent Bailey, 43, of Madison County has announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket for the central district seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
“My primary goal is ensuring transparency in all proceedings at the Mississippi Public Service Commission and encouraging utility customers to get engaged by understanding how decisions made by the commission impact family budgets,” said Bailey, a Mississippi State University biological engineering graduate and former member of the Bulldog football team.

The Carthage, Mississippi, native plans to keep utility rates low by fostering the expansion of energy efficiency programs. Since 2010, Bailey has been a driving force in the adoption of MPSC rules that require utilities to develop and offer these programs for all customer classes.

“As commissioner, I will help lower the utility bills that households and businesses actually pay. I will embrace energy diversification that ensures reliability, affordability and safety while recognizing the economic contribution of conventional energy resources,” Bailey said. “My other passion is using Mississippi’s energy and natural resources wisely. I will continue to support and expand the opportunities for energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies that create jobs, build resilience in infrastructure, and unlock economical solutions that lower customer costs.”

Many issues are currently pending before the MPSC, and many other regulatory challenges and opportunities will present themselves over the next few years. The complex situation surrounding the Kemper County coal-fired plant deserves particular consideration, Bailey said.

“While hindsight may be the clearest view, the recent Supreme Court ruling has elevated the importance of a transparent process, and we must move forward with a fresh, bold approach to managing the financial impacts of this project,” he said.

“The utility customers of the 22 central district counties, as well as all Mississippians, deserve committed, rational leadership to help guide the state into a new era of energy production, conservation and use. The utility of the future, whether it’s electricity, natural gas, water, sewer or telecommunications, must be ready to adapt to new challenges while continuing to provide reliable, accessible and affordable services,” said Bailey, who pledges to be a full-time public servant and accessible to all utility customers.

“Furthermore, I intend to create a collaborative environment where all regulatory and non-regulatory utility matters can be thoughtfully examined,” said Bailey, “and build positive relations with utility providers whose rates are not directly regulated by the MPSC.”

Bailey currently serves as state activities coordinator with the 25x’25 Initiative, working with a broad cross-section of Mississippians and Southeastern stakeholders to mobilize support for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and to convey agriculture and forestry’s role in a new national energy strategy.

A fifth generation Mississippian, Bailey has lived in Madison County with his wife Rhonda for the past 13 years. A graduate of Carthage High School, he also attended East Central Community College before transferring to MSU. Before joining the 25x’25 Initiative, he has worked at private companies and nonprofit organizations, including Pickering, Inc. and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

Bailey is a member of the Mississippi Farm Bureau, Barnett Reservoir Foundation, and National Rifle Association, and he is active with numerous state and regional initiatives focusing on natural resource conservation. He received the MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Achievement Award for contributions to the economic viability of the state agriculture and forestry sectors.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like he should be running as a democrat

Anonymous said...

"fostering the expansion of energy efficiency programs" "I will embrace energy diversification" "alternative energy technologies that create jobs"....spoken like a true regulator. Actually sounds a little like Mr. Obama.

I'm sure the guy knows a lot about small government conservatism and private sector-driven economic growth, given that he is an "activities coordinator" for a non-profit. Sounds like a 2015 style republican for sure. Good grief.

Anonymous said...

i'll stick with cecil

Anonymous said...

Much better choice available in Tony Greer. During his year and half on the Hinds County Bd of Supervisors, he (working with McWhirter and Calhoun) has changed county government from the absolute crooked mess it was under Lft. Robert Graham's totaliariism control to a prime example of good government.

Bailey might be a good guy, but nowhere ready for prime time and with no positive track record to give rise to supporting his election.

And 2:17, while Cecil is a nice guy, don't think I want him controlling my utility rates. His tax and tax more policies in the legislature don't make me feel good about how he will be when he can exercise such control over our personal utility bills.

Anonymous said...

Well said 3:24.

Anonymous said...

Greer has actually had a real job and owned a real business. He is a small government conservative. Cecil is a big government lib. Don't know anything about this other guy.

Danny said...

This guy sounds like the most qualified candidate in the race from either party.

Anonymous said...

Cecil is a very successful Investment advisor and scrupulously honest person. We would be foolish not to elect him.

Anonymous said...

I love how y'all complain about spending but haven't looked at what's happened to the State budget since 2009.

Nor have you looked at where money is spent or not spent.

If you look at actual budgets over the years, Cecil is hardly the poster for tax and spend.

And, some of you ought to look at the lifestyles of your elected officials and compare those lifestyles to their earnings.

You might ought to look also at how grown children are doing and who employs them as well.

Most of the legislators don't have a clue when they are being snookered on budget items.

But, they sure can say what you want to hear!

Anonymous said...

I know people change and grow up, but I remember Bailey a few years ago. no thanks.

Anonymous said...

It seems like one is a politician looking for a move up (Greer maybe has been on the board for a year?) and one is looking for a move out (Cecil needs a high 4 for retirement and is tired of back bench in the House). Bailey is a utility guy, engineering from MSU (won't hold it against him), and seems to have the resume. This race all about the war chest though unfortunately

Anonymous said...

Well, I see Tony and Cecil have learned how to post on a blog. Cecil's mad about losing his stick at the Capitol and Tony, just slow down big boy. Share with us Tony this move, in like 18 months??? What have you done at the Board that's so amazing you need a promotion?

Anonymous said...

Why do we still need a PSC?

Anonymous said...

Cecil makes me sick!

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