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Kemper plant makes power with gas from coal for first time

Mississippi Power Co. says that the power plant it’s building in Kemper County has generated electricity using gas produced from coal for the first time. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the utility’s parent company, announced that the electricity was generated during a test Wednesday. The company says it used both the part of the plant that turns soft lignite coal into a ...

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Mississippi Power adds month, $62 million at Kemper plant

Mississippi Power Co. is adding another month to the construction schedule and another $62 million to the cost of the power plant it’s building in Kemper County. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the parent of the electrical utility, announced Monday that it’s pushing back the completion date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30. Because every month’s delay prompts more construction and interest ...

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Federal judge removed from Hood’s suit against Entergy

A federal appeals court has removed a judge from a long-running lawsuit that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed against Entergy Corp. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate’s failure to rule on pending motions in removing him from the case last week. Hood said in a court filing that ...

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Auctioneer, oil field service firm watch price of crude

By JACK WEATHERLY In the past two years, coinciding with the downturn in oil and natural gas exploration in the country, equipment sales have grown to 15 to 20 percent of Jeff Martin Auctions’ business. Owner Jeff Martin declined to reveal the revenues for his operation in Brooklyn, Miss., near Hattiesburg, but said it has become the largest such auction ...

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CORRECTED UPDATE: Players in Tuscaloosa shale tread water, wait for market to return

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation has languished since the cratering of oil prices in mid-2014. The “play” in southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana is not alone in its struggle to stay alive. Operators there and elsewhere in the United States have pulled back since the price of oil dropped from about $100 a barrel to less than ...

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SAVING HOUSE MONEY — Energy programs provide ‘moral high ground to dance on’

By BECKY GILLETTE Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi has reduced its exterior lighting energy use by 80 percent by switching 563 fixtures to LED lights. That represents dropping from 866,589 kilowatt-hours per year to only 176,281 kilowatt hours per year of usage. The Palace also replaced interior lighting with LED, light emitting diode bulbs. Not only is the Palace Casino doing ...

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World Energy acquires Elevance Renewable Sciences

A biofuels company has purchased Elevance’s biorefinery facility in Natchez and may potentially add 15 jobs at the plant. The Natchez Democrat reports World Energy announced Wednesday it had purchased from Elevance Renewable Sciences. World Energy has been supplying certified biodiesel from the plant under a production contract with Elevance since January 2013. Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ says ...

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Miller named Landmen VP

David W. Miller, CPL, owner and managing member of Miller Land Professionals LLC in Jackson, has been named First Vice President of the American Association of Professional Landmen. As First Vice President, Miller will lead the American Association of Professional Landmen’s 13,000 members across the U.S. and will be named president of AAPL in June 2017. The Association is composed ...

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Kemper overrun reaches $81 million for second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY  As expected, Mississippi Power’s coal-gasification power plant has missed another deadline. The utility on Monday moved back the start-up of the commercial operation of the plant in Kemper County another month, till Oct. 31. Time delayed is cost accumulated. The latest postponement will add $43 million to the price tag on the plant, which originally was projected ...

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Kemper overrun reaches $81 million for second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY As expected, Mississippi Power’s coal-gasification power plant has missed another deadline. The utility on Monday moved back the start-up of the commercial operation of the plant in Kemper County another month, till Oct. 31. Time delayed is cost accumulated. The latest postponement will add $43 million to the price tag on the plant, which originally was projected to ...

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