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Navy to break ground on solar facility at Mississippi base

The U.S. Navy has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar generation facility at a base in Mississippi. A Navy statement says the project on Naval Air Station Meridian will be commemorated Thursday afternoon. The Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority, East Mississippi Electric Power Association and Silicon Ranch Corporation have partnered to develop the facility that will generate up to six ...

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Hattiesburg solar panel maker gets relief second time in pact with local government

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp. is getting relief for the second time from its agreement with local government in Forrest County and Hattiesburg. The solar panel maker is entering a “payment and forebearance agreement” whereby it promises to pay $75,000 a month to the county and city toward $2.3 million in accumulated fees in lieu of ad valorem taxes. » ...

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RICHARD SUN — Kemper: What price fuel diversity?

I a recent column, Bill Crawford asserted that the issue with Kemper is prudent fuel diversity. It is not and never has been.  The issue has always been whether the rate payers of Mississippi Power should bear the risk of unproven technology and a long-shot side bet on natural gas prices. Bill Crawford uses natural gas fuel price uncertainty as the ...

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Mississippi regulator links to utility employment pages

The agency that regulates Mississippi utilities says people looking for work can now go to its website for links to dozens of utilities’ employment pages. Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown says every community in the state needs well-qualified utility workers, and the new links offer a one-stop shop for people who are looking for a job. Brown says utilities don’t ...

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Regulators seek more utility work for Mississippi companies

Mississippi regulators want utilities to do more to hire companies based in the state, proposing an administrative rule that would require regulated private utilities to keep lists of interested companies and notify them of contracting opportunities. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to seek public comment on the “Hire Mississippi” rule. Though it would encourage utilities to consider Mississippi ...

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Another month’s Kemper delay adds $38M to power plant’s cost

Mississippi Power Co. is again delaying completion for its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant. The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it still can’t reliably run parts of the plant, including units that convert lignite coal into gas. Southern said in a stock filing Monday that it’s pushing back completion by another month to May 31, more than three ...

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Siegfried named president, CEO of Southern Pine Electric

Southern Pine Electric has named Jason S. Siegfried as president and chief executive officer. Siegfried replaces Donald L. Jordan, who retired May 1. He becomes the fifth CEO in Southern Pine Electric’s nearly 80 years of operation. Siegfried has more than 15 years of experience with the cooperative working in engineering, operations, economic development and rate-making. The last five years ...

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Power line builder asks Mississippi to approve $1.4B project

Pattern Development is seeking approval from Mississippi regulators for a $1.4 billion power transmission line meant to carry wind-generated electricity from Texas to the Southeast. The affiliate of San Francisco-based wind-energy generator Pattern Energy announced the filing Wednesday. The company needs approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission to build what it calls the Southern Cross Transmission project. The line ...

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Mississippi with the lowest gas prices in America, again

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop. The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago. Gas in San Francisco ...

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Jackson has lowest gasoline prices in the nation

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 9 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.43. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that increased oil prices and the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base contributed to the rise. She says that unless oil prices retreat quickly, consumers should expect gasoline prices to climb a ...

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