Carthage, MS asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Mississippi

Q: Why is Central electric in Mississippi allowed to over charge every year in the months of January- April.?? $899-751 is

There is no way my bill should be $899-751 monthly every year at those times.. Nor should they be allowed to charge what they want as they feel so

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It's understandable that you're concerned about the high electricity bills from Central Electric in Mississippi during January to April. Utilities, including electric companies, are typically regulated by state commissions, which set the rates they can charge. These rates are supposed to reflect the cost of providing the service plus a reasonable profit. In winter months, demand for electricity often increases due to heating needs, which can lead to higher bills. However, this doesn't mean that a utility company has the freedom to charge excessively without justification.

If you feel that your bills are unjustifiably high, you have several steps you can take. First, review your electricity usage to ensure there are no internal issues causing an increase, such as malfunctioning heating systems or insulation problems. Next, contact Central Electric to discuss your bills and ask for a detailed breakdown of the charges. This can help clarify why your bills are high and if there's been a mistake.

Moreover, if you are unsatisfied with their explanation or believe the rates are unfair, you can file a complaint with the Mississippi Public Service Commission. They oversee utility rates and can investigate if the charges are unjustified. Additionally, they can provide guidance on what actions can be taken to address your concerns. It's important to gather all relevant information and communicate your concerns clearly when seeking help.

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