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Electric utilities ask higher rates on Mississippi customers

Mississippi’s two privately owned electric utilities are asking regulators to make customers pay more next year. Entergy Mississippi’s request would boost rates for a yardstick residential customer from $104 a month to $114 a month, beginning in February, to pay for fuel costs. Mississippi Power Co. requests to boost monthly rates for a yardstick residential customer from $126 a month ...

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Mississippi company signs deal to provide power poles to Puerto Rico

By JACK WEATHERLY The Thomasson Co. of Philadelphia has signed a contract to provide 1,000 utility poles to the Puerto Rican national utility. The U.S. territory in the Caribbean was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September and its power company is running at about half capacity. Brent Gray, president of Thomasson, said the $1 million contact is for 55-foot wooden ...

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Regulators nix Mississippi Power push to exclude testimony

Regulators have again denied a request by Mississippi Power Co. to narrow proceedings over how much customers should pay for a power plant. The Mississippi Public Service Commission, voting 3-0 Tuesday, mostly rejected a request by the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. to exclude testimony concerning the Kemper County power plant. Mississippi Power said testimony filed by Public Utilities Staff ...

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TOP 100 — Cooperative Energy prepares to open solar farm near Sumrall

By BECKY GILLETTE In recent years, customer surveys for the 11 rural electric cooperatives in Mississippi that purchase power from the not-for-profit Cooperative Energy (formerly South Mississippi Electric Power Association) have indicated a higher interest in using “green” power — electricity generated from alternative energy sources such as wind, hydro-electric and solar. Now one of the state’s largest ever commercial ...

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Electricity from Texas wind farms could cross Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Green energy is eyeing Mississippi again. But this project is not another experiment that offers the state ground-floor entry into a new market. Such as the failed cellulose-to-fuel KiOR plant or Mississippi Power’s idled coal-gas fuel-powered electricity generation plant. Or the failure of two solar-panel manufacturing plants. The taxpayer was left holding the bag in the failed ...

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Biofuel company announces plans for Mississippi refinery

A British company aims to build a $300 million refinery in southwest Mississippi to turn wood into the equivalent of diesel or jet fuel. Velocys announced Friday that it signed an option for a 100-acre (40-hectare) site in Natchez. Chandler Russ of economic development agency Natchez Inc. says Velocys plans 40 refinery jobs averaging $100,000 yearly in pay and benefits, ...

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CECIL BROWN — STEM education is Mississippi’s bridge to a brighter future

  As advocates for our community, we sometimes become so focused on the fight against poverty that we don’t pause to build the bridges that will help folks actually improve their lives. Policymakers are worried about finding abundant, high quality jobs that are critical to healthy economic growth. Meanwhile, companies are scrambling to find qualified applicants to meet the growing ...

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Latest failure from Barbour years: Stion to shut down plant in Hattiesburg

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp., the solar panel maker in Hattiesburg, will shut down, the company said in a letter. The San Jose, Calif.-based company’s Hattiesburg facility has been operating since 2012, said in the letter it would “discontinue operations,” Greentech Media, an industry publication, reported on Monday. Stion was one of five alternative-energy projects begun during the administration of Gov. ...

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Mississippi regulators won’t take utility path to rate vote

Mississippi regulators are rejecting a request to set terms of a debate over customer rates in a way favored by a utility. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to maintain its current plan for deciding on rates to pay for part of Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant. The decision rejects a request by the unit of ...

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