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Itron signs agreement with Mississippi Power

   Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, today announced a new agreement with Mississippi Power—a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO)—to support the utility’s grid modernization plans and continued leadership in technical innovation within the utility space. Itron will deploy and manage its standards-based Gen5 IPv6 network platform to connect ...

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Entergy gift of $150,000 to move Fannye Cook Natural Area closer to opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Move over Central Park. The 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Area along the Pearl River is Mississippi largest urban natural area–three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. A recent $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi will help move the natural area closer to opening. Wildlife Mississippi, a nonprofit conservation organization that owns and manages the Fannye ...

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TVA’s new gas plant in Tennessee ready to run

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new gas-fired power plant in Tennessee is ready to run. TVA said Monday that the Allen Combined Cycle Natural Gas Plant in Memphis has been completed and is ready to operate. It replaces the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant, which operated for more than 58 years before it was retired on March 31. The ...

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Offshore revenue-sharing: $188M to 4 states, coast counties

Four Gulf of Mexico states and their coastal counties are getting nearly $188 million in revenue-sharing funds as the offshore leasing area s involved expand. The money must be used for coastal conservation, restoration and hurricane protection. An Interior Department news release Thursday says Louisiana is getting a total of about $82 million, with more than $50 million going to Texas, nearly $28 million to Mississippi ...

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CenterPoint paying $6 billion for Vectren

CenterPoint Energy Inc. is paying just under $6 billion for rival Vectren in a move that will expand the utility operator’s reach. The combined company will serve more than 7 million gas and electricity customers in eight states and will hold about $29 billion in assets. CenterPoint will pay $72 per share cash for Vectren and assume the company’s debt. ...

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Brandon Presley appointed to NARUC’s Gas Committee as Co-Vice Chair

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has appointed Mississippi Public Service Commission Chair Brandon Presley to serve as co-vice chair of the Committee on Gas. He will work alongside North Dakota Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. Commissioner Diane X. Burman of the New York State PSC is chair. Through panel discussions and educational sessions, the Gas Committee fosters awareness and understanding ...

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Utility critic says he won’t sue over power plant deal

A Hattiesburg oilman and longtime critic of Mississippi Power Co. says he won’t sue to overturn a settlement that regulators approved earlier this month. Thomas Blanton said Tuesday in a statement that he still believes the Mississippi Public Service Commission didn’t have the power to change the plant’s permit to allow it to burn only natural gas, instead of gasifying ...

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DeepWell buys Boots Smith Oilfield Services

By JACK WEATHERLY DeepWell Energy Services of Columbia has announced acquisition of Boots Smith Oilfield Services LLC of Laurel. The acquisition will make DeepWell the largest provider of transportation, rig moving and site preparation in the United States, it said in a release. The combination of the two companies will increase the DeepWell work force to 1,500 with estimated 2018 ...

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PSC brings Kemper plant saga to an end

By JACK WEATHERLY An eight-year struggle over a troubled “clean-coal” power plant came to an end Tuesday before the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The commissioners voted unanimously during a meeting to bring the case to a close and then discussed at a press conference that the resolution of the Mississippi Power Co. case would actually mean a 2.4 percent reduction ...

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Mississippi regulators set to approve deal on utility rates

Mississippi utility regulators are likely Tuesday to approve a settlement on how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant. Once touted as a model for the future of coal, the state Public Service Commission forced the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. quit construction in 2017, with shareholders absorbing about $6 billion in losses. ...

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