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Final investment decision has not been made on proposed $8 billion LNG export facility

By BECKY GILLETTE GEORGE FREELAND Gulf LNG Energy invested $1.1 billion in a facility in Pascagoula to import liquified natural gas (LNG), which is natural gas cooled down to liquid form to make it easier to transport. Two tanker shipments of LNG were offloaded at the facility in 2011. But then the energy world turned upside down. Shale gas production ...

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Senate approves bill dividing $700M in oil spill damages

Mississippi senators late Tuesday approved a bill to divide up $700 million in oil spill damages, setting aside more than $100 million overall for special projects. The Senate voted 42-8 in favor of the bill after only brief debate that included one senator reading the entire list of 128 earmarked projects. The measure moves to the House for more debate, ...

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Fuel spills into river at Mississippi ship builder

Hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a river in Mississippi after a mechanical error at a ship builder. WLOX-TV reported the fuel spilled into the mouth of the Pascagoula River from a ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says about 500 gallons of fuel spilled into the water early Saturday afternoon. The spill occurred ...

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Talks loom on dividing Mississippi’s oil spill damage money

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to determine how $700 million in oil spill damage payments should be divided, and who should spend the money. Legislators were working on answers Wednesday, a day before the start of a special session, even though Gov. Phil Bryant didn’t include the issue on a list of items to be considered. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler dividing ...

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Mississippi Power closing all but 3 offices

Mississippi Power says it is closing most of its customer service offices by October. Mississippi Power spokesman Jeff Shepard told news outlets says the decision to close the offices by Oct. 8 comes after studying the number of people using the offices, as well as how customers use online and telephone apps. He says more than 60 percent of customers ...

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Mississippi Power electricity rates to rise 9 percent

Mississippi Power Co. customers will see electricity rates go up about 9 percent starting in September. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved general rate increases as well as specific increases tied to environmental compliance costs. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. will collect about $77 million more through the end of 2019, in a settlement meant to cover ...

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Young elected to Mississippi Power Board of Directors

Mississippi Power announced that Camille Scales Young, Principal and Director at Cornerstone Government Affairs, has been elected to the company’s board of directors, effective October 23, 2018. “Camille’s career has focused on improving Mississippi, from our rural communities to the state’s largest cities,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson. “She is an accomplished leader whose insight and perspective ...

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Topazi, who led Mississippi rebuild post-Katrina, dies at 68

The man credited with helping to “get the lights back on in 11 days” as Mississippi’s Gulf Coast recovered from Hurricane Katrina has died at the age of 68. News outlets report former Mississippi Power Co. President Anthony Topazi died Friday from complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Alabama native was at the utility’s helm in when ...

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TVA looks to expand diversity of supplier base

At the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sixth Annual Supplier Diversity Summit on Tuesday, nearly 60 small businesses learned more about TVA’s contracting process and how to do business with the federally owned utility. And there is plenty of business to be had with TVA, which spent more than $2.7 billion last fiscal year. For the second consecutive year, TVA spent more ...

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