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Fitch gives Mississippi Power a negative outlook due to Kemper plant

GULFPORT — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the issuer default rating (IDR) and security ratings for Southern Company, and has affirmed the IDRs and debt ratings for Southern Company’s subsidiaries. The rating outlook for all of the subsidiaries is stable, except for Mississippi Power, which remains negative. Fitch wrote: “The key near-term uncertainty at Mississippi Power […] [...]

Entergy again makes top 10 for economic development efforts

NEW ORLEANS — For the seventh consecutive year, Entergy Corporation has been named one of the nation’s top 10 utilities in economic development for 2013 by Site Selection magazine. The company was chosen for its efforts to help attract nearly $21 billion in projects, which could result in as many as 9,200 jobs across its […] [...]

TVA lowering Pickwick reservoir to inspect dam due to earthquake concerns

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is lowering the water level at Pickwick Landing Reservoir to test the soundness of the dam there. According to the utility, a recent dam inspection showed the possibility that an earthen portion of the dam could be damaged by a large earthquake. The reservoir is located about 120 […] [...]

Regulators to look at electric power co-ops’ books

JACKSON — Regulators will review the books of Mississippi’s 25 electric power associations to try to determine whether they are holding money that should instead flow back to customers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 yesterday for its own legal staff and the freestanding Public Utilities Staff to conduct a joint review, with an […] [...]

Presley calling for investigation of electric power associations

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley wants the utility regulator to investigate whether some electric power associations are holding money they should refund to their member-owners. Presley, a Democrat, said yesterday that he plans to ask the Public Service Commission at its meeting today to launch a formal inquiry. Michael Callahan, CEO […] [...]

Kemper County power plant costs rise another $30M

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $30 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost to nearly $5.6 billion. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said the additional money will pay for material and labor during the plant’s startup […] [...]

TVA retiring coal-fired power plant; to build gas-burning facility

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors today approved replacing the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tennessee, with a natural gas plant. Following an environmental review that received comments from more than 1,500 people, the board agreed to retire the 55-year-old coal plant and replace it with a 2-on-1, combined-cycle gas plant. […] [...]

Kemper power plant goes online burning natural gas

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. announced yesterday that it has put three power generating turbines into commercial operation burning natural gas piped to the east Mississippi plant. It comes even as Mississippi Power completes […] [...]

TVA cutting 2,000-plus jobs in massive cost-saving effort

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The nation’s largest public utility is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of a $500 million cost-cutting campaign. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority is making the cuts this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities. Most […] [...]

PSC delays Kemper power plant hearing; Blanton files motion

JACKSON  — The Mississippi Public Service Commission today delayed hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. has spent prudently in building the $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant. Prudency hearings are a key step in the company collecting from its 186,000 ratepayers to pay for the plant, even though rates have already risen 18 percent. The […] [...]

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