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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 […] [...]

Mississippi Power, Sierra Club reach settlement in Kemper plant case

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County. The company and the Sierra Club announced yesterday that they are ending […] [...]

Alabama Power closing two coal units, blames federal regulations

Alabama Power Co. says federal regulations are forcing it to close two coal-fired units at its Walker County power plant and to cease using coal at others, according to a story from the Birmingham Business Journal. The Birmingham-based utility said it will close two coal-fired units at Plant Gorgas in Walker County and work toward […] [...]

Presley pressing utilities to extend small business incentives

JACKSON — In a series of letters sent to the heads of major Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is calling for the companies to extend the sign-up periods for new small businesses who want to take advantage of the companies’ small business incentive programs. Some utilities’ programs are set […] [...]

Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Workers at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility successfully reached two major testing milestones: testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. The successful completion of the tests is an indication of continued progress on putting both pieces of equipment into service. Recent testing of the combined cycle […] [...]

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