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MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Judge rules against MDA’s regulations on offshore leases

GULF OF MEXICO — A Hinds County judge says the state must write a better economic impact statement on proposed offshore natural gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound before it can enact rules to lease areas that could be drilled. “A cursory reading of the EIS finds that it is severely […] [...]

Environmentalists turn to court over offshore leasing rules

GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound. At a hearing yesterday, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network asked Hinds County Chancery Court Judge William Singletary to order the Mississippi Development Authority to reconsider […] [...]

Little opposition heard over proposed wildlife refuge

JACKSON — In an open-house meeting this past week, where members of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service explained the possibilities of a proposed National Wildlife Refuge in the Jackson area, little opposition was heard. “It was definitely more positive,” Connie Dickard of the USFWS said. “Some folks have asked who would be against […] [...]

Price tag for Kemper plant grows by another $150M

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co. says the expected cost of the power plant it’s building in Kemper County has risen another $150 million because of schedule delays. That pushes the total cost of the plant, a coal mine and associated pipelines to almost $5 billion. The complex was originally projected to cost about $2.8 […] [...]

Energy group pushing for used nuclear fuel storage facility

JACKSON — A nonprofit group tied to energy businesses says Mississippi should consider becoming a storage place for used nuclear fuel. Representatives of the Mississippi Energy Institute will meet tomorrow at the state Capitol with the Senate Economic Development Committee. After that, they’ll have a closed-door meeting at the Old Capitol Inn with business people […] [...]

Sierra Club: Poll shows customer opposition to rate hikes via Kemper coal plant

The Sierra Club was supposed to release last Thursday the results of a poll meant to gauge Mississippi Power Co. ratepayers’ attitudes toward the Kemper County coal plant. The environmental group delayed the results because of a hearing in which the Mississippi Public Service Commission reached a rate case settlement with the utility. >> Read […] [...]

Analyst disputes claim that Kemper plant is 70 percent completed

A week after Mississippi Power Co. said its Kemper County coal plant was 70 percent complete, a report by an energy analyst commissioned by the Sierra Club disputed that claim. David Schlissel, an analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in a report commissioned by longtime Kemper opponent the Sierra Club, said […] [...]

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