Here's a recenT quote from a security analyst about Southern Company's hefty dividends: "Southern Company's competitive advantage comes from its monopoly electricity provider status in the markets it serves." Translation: Southern has a lock on its markets and can charge more
You may think about electricity only when it goes off. Others think about it every time they get a bill. It's a monthly crisis. They think: what can I not pay so I can keep the lights on or keep my business open? Mississippi Power has 187,000 retail customers.