Presley Plans Columbus Meeting to Help Bring Natural Gas to Unserved Citizens

Date(s) - 04/21/2014
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Lowndes County Courthouse


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Presley Plans Columbus Meeting to Help Bring Natural Gas to Unserved Citizens
Commissioner Presley set to unveil district-wide effort

COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI (April 10, 2014) – If you want natural gas at your home or business, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley wants to hear from you. On Monday, April 21, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Lowndes County Courthouse located at 515 2nd Avenue North in Columbus, Presley will host the public unveiling of a new tool through which Mississippians who want natural gas as a home energy source can make their need known to both his office and the state’s natural gas suppliers. The tool, which is modeled after Presley’s successful “Zap the Gap” programs for underserved cellular telephone and broadband customers, provides unserved customers with either a paper or online form to specify that they would like the service in their area. The purpose is to more clearly identify areas of the district where the need is the greatest. Presley’s staff will be at the meeting to assist customers and answer questions.

“My main job is to help Mississippians save as much of their hard-earned money as possible when it comes to utility rates. Giving our people more energy options at home does just that. Natural gas has proven to be a reliable, cheap energy alternative that customers around the state and nation have taken advantage of, and many Mississippians have taken notice. I am holding these meetings to bring the PSC to the people and help them register their address in this important program if they wish to get natural gas service to their home or business so we can see what can be done,” Presley said.

The effort follows Presley’s call last month for the state’s largest natural gas suppliers to develop and file plans with the Commission to expand service to these areas. Customers wishing to report on their access to natural gas service may do so at (
“Our mandate at the PSC is to provide adequate, reliable and economical service to all Mississippians, and I will continue working with our utilities to develop innovative ways to eliminate obstacles in our path toward achieving that,” Presley concluded. “We know we won’t fix the problem overnight but it is high time we get started.”