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Washington, D. C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
March 17, 2020

File Number
State of Incorporation,
Address and Telephone Number
I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.
Mississippi Power Company
(A Mississippi Corporation)
2992 West Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
(228) 864-1211

The name and address of the registrant have not changed since the last report.

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Item 8.01    Other Events.
On March 17, 2020, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (“PSC”) unanimously voted to approve the settlement agreement between Mississippi Power Company (“Mississippi Power”) and the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff (together with Mississippi Power, the “Stipulating Parties”) dated February 25, 2020 related to Mississippi Power’s base rate case (the “Mississippi Power Rate Case Settlement Agreement”).
Under the terms of the Mississippi Power Rate Case Settlement Agreement, annual retail rates will decrease approximately $16.7 million, or 1.85%, effective for the first billing cycle of April 2020, based on a test year period of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, a 53% average equity ratio, an allowed maximum actual equity ratio of 55% by the end of 2020, and a 7.57% return on investment.
Additionally, the approved Mississippi Power Rate Case Settlement Agreement: (1) establishes common amortization periods of four years for regulatory assets and three years for regulatory liabilities included in the approved revenue requirement, including those related to unprotected deferred income taxes; (2) establishes new depreciation rates reflecting an annual increase in depreciation of approximately $10 million; and (3) excludes certain compensation costs totaling approximately $3.9 million. It also eliminates separate rates for costs associated with Plant Ratcliffe (formerly known as the Kemper County energy facility) and energy efficiency initiatives and includes such costs in the Performance Evaluation Plan (“PEP”), Environmental Compliance Overview Plan (“ECO Plan”), and Ad Valorem Tax Adjustment factor, as applicable. In accordance with the previous order of the Mississippi PSC suspending the operation of PEP and the ECO Plan for 2018 through 2020, Mississippi Power plans to resume PEP proceedings and ECO Plan filings for 2021.
Mississippi Power is required to file with the Mississippi PSC PEP compliance rate clauses to incorporate the Stipulating Parties’ recommended revisions to PEP by May 18, 2020. These revisions include, but are not limited to, changing the filing date for the annual PEP rate filing from November of


the immediately preceding year to March of the current year, utilizing a historic test year adjusted for “known and measurable” changes, using discounted cash flow and regression formulas to determine base return on equity, and moving all embedded ad valorem property taxes currently collected in PEP to the Ad Valorem Tax Adjustment clause. These revisions are subject to the approval of the Mississippi PSC. The ultimate outcome of this matter cannot be determined at this time.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date:   March 17, 2020

/s/Melissa K. Caen
Melissa K. Caen
Assistant Secretary