Monday, November 13, 2023

Energy Prices Remain Lower in Mississippi

 The Mississippi Energy Institute authored and sponsored this post. 

Congratulations to the candidates who won their race in late week's elections, and 'tip of the hat' to all candidates who gave their time and put themselves out there to run for public office.  
Amidst all the mud-slinging in the Governor's race, an issue that was repeatedly brought up over the last month was large campaign contributions coming from California, New York and Washington, D.C.
Thankfully, energy policy is not a political issue in Mississippi as it has become in Washington, D.C. and in some other states. Politicians in both parties here largely seem to agree on policies that enable abundant, reliable, affordable energy for everyone. As logical as that sounds, that's not the case everywhere. 
Highlighting the energy woes these states (and DC) compared Mississippi is a satisfying exercise, so here it is. 
Here is today's average price of gasoline per gallon (source: AAA):
- MS - $2.89;  CA - $5.12;  NY - $3.69;  DC - $3.61
And here are average electricity prices per kilowatt hour (source:
- MS - $0.13;  CA - $0.30;  NY - $0.22;  DC - $0.16
High-wealth political donors and celebrities probably hardly notice high energy prices, but for the nurse or construction worker who commutes one hour to work, high gasoline prices are like a pay cut. For small business owners, high fuel and electricity costs cut margins and require them to charge their customes more for the price of their product or service, or worse, it results in small businesses closing because they can't compete with big business.
Low-cost reliable energy is a competitive advantage for MS. Many manufacturing and other energy-intensive business will eventually leave high-cost, low-supply areas like California, New York and Europe, if they haven't already. States like MS, with good tax climates and low cost of living, will be their new home.


Anonymous said...

Those environmentalist suckers in CA are getting soaked.

Anonymous said...

It’s a good start but it is not enough for power a state full of EV F150s and Silverados.
Please hurry up and get us ready for the changeover.
I am not a global warming cultist but they are not letting up so I just want us to be ready.

Anonymous said...

It’s not about environmentalists.
Pacific Gas and Electric has a monopoly in CA.
They also happen to be one of the worst polluters in the history of the USA.

Anonymous said...

They also make 3x more than you Cletus

Anonymous said...

PG&E does not have a monopoly in CA. There are many other power companies, like San Diego Gas & Electric, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

Utilities and gasoline are outrageously expensive in Kalifornia because of taxes.

Anonymous said...

they ain't seen my entergy bills

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let’s all get sidetracked with comparing MS to those area..Entergy policies differ for LA, MS , and AR. But it’s all Entergy. Entergy MS has stopped solar programs for years while they were moving forward in the other states. Entergy keeps the rates right where they want them!

Anonymous said...

How do you know how much Cletus makes? Before you throw out the surveyed numbers, let me add, those numbers are what are reported, and that's all I have to say about that.

Anonymous said...

I betcha Cletus could be one of them Delta Pumps farmers!

Each one of his tractors about half a mil and don't get his started on what he's been paying on all his combines the past few years! Class 9 costs big, just like 600 HP do! But if you are a baller you gots to pay to play!

Anonymous said...

1:57 "It’s a good start but it is not enough for power a state full of EV F150s and Silverados.
Please hurry up and get us ready for the changeover.
I am not a global warming cultist but they are not letting up so I just want us to be ready."
Thats what them beds are for on those pickups, to carry your Gas Generator around...

Anonymous said...

This comparison means that we are the queen of the pigs. A more useful comparison would show which utilities in MS have the lowest to highest prices?

Anonymous said...

@November 13, 2023 at 3:57 PM

There is a 1600 acre solar farm being built right now in central Madison County.

Anonymous said...

“Congrats to the candidates “. Now go pick up your damn signs on public property. There was a time -at least in Madison County-where the candidates respected the public and only put signs on private property.

Krusatyr said...

Hippie Energy (solar, wind) is in the business of federal subsidies and tax credits, not transitioning to a future with no fossil fuels which is absurd where natural gas, eg, is clean cheap and abundant. There are gardeners in The Fondren who can teach one to grow vegetables in the back of E-pickups, if one needs to upcycle it's carcass.

Anonymous said...

The comparisons are ridiculous.

They used the places that have always had the highest rates for rational reasons that have zero to do with politics and everything to do with " delivery" and operational environments.

Those of you who are opposed to alternatives need to look at Europe and Scandinavian countries.

Or you can just keep relying on what should be obvious biased information. Of course, those who profit from your deliberate ignorance adore you.

Anonymous said...

November 14, 2023 at 8:47 AM, how about those that reap from your ignorance. Take away the federal subsides from wind, and solar, and tell us the real cost.

I'm sure you're probably a battery powered vehicle supporter, and boast of its cheap operation. When in fact, you don't even know the real cost of operating a battery powered vehicle.

Sunshine Disinfector said...

Only reason for our rates is that the PSC successfully fought and won the higher rates charged or proposed by Entergy and Miss. Power over Kemper and illegal rates that had to be returned. Kemper would have raised rates by six billion and Entergy had to return $300 million in illegal overcharges. Cheap, clean, renewable energy is the way to drive rates lower and giving consumers energy choices. Unlike the millions of subsidies we all pay compared to the cheaper rates for every industry in the state, subsidizing solar is mere pennies. Thank you PSC.

Anonymous said...

November 14, 2023 at 12:13 PM, why don't you give us some numbers to back up your assertions? I'm not talking about the Kemper fiasco, I'm pointing to the “subsidizing solar is mere pennies”.

Enquiring mind said...

November 14, 2023 at 12:13 PM, with whom did the PSC fight with to be able to give Entergy, and Mississippi Power the higher rates?

What does Entergy have to do with the Kemper fiasco?

Anonymous said...

This argument in a nutshell:

Mississippi has made many bad policy choices.

These have made it an undesirable place to live or do business.

This in turn means that the people who stay here are largely poor.

Therefore, it is imperative that we keep making bad policy choices.

Because if we start making policy choices similar to rich states, poor people couldn't afford to live here, you see.

Sunshine Disinfector said...

Hey Inquiring mind. They had to fight the utilities and won. Easy answer, the utilities lied in both instances. That's why they had to pay up. The only things Kemper and Entergy have in common is they both lied and stole from the ratepayers and got caught. The PSC estimated that solar subsidies would be less than ten cents a month if every house had solar panels. We are currently paying about twenty dollars a month to subsidize Large industrial users. Plus green energy is cleaner and cheaper.

Sunshine Disinfector said...

Hey 7:42,

Refer to above.

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