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Regulators order end to Kemper rate increase, plan refunds

JACKSON — Regulators on Tuesday ordered Mississippi Power Co. to lower rates later this month and plan for customer refunds by November. In issuing the order, the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to comply with a state Supreme Court order that found illegal a 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. must roll ...

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Regulators discuss Kemper refunds for Miss. Power customers

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators plan to discuss at a Tuesday meeting how to obey a state Supreme Court order to refund about $350 million that Mississippi Power Co. has collected from customers to build a power plant in Kemper County. The Supreme Court ruled in February that an 18 percent rate increase was illegal because regulators didn’t conduct hearings to ensure ...

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DAVID DALLAS: BP disaster demonstrates need for change

Call me crazy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for British Petroleum. One of my favorite childhood memories is having our car filled up and serviced at the old Walt’s Gulf station in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi. Mr. Walt had a young man named Charles that worked for him. Charles would let me help him fill up ...

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How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here’s how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being ...

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Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement, if accepted by a federal judge, would end a yearslong battle between BP and the U.S. government over Clean Water Act penalties after ...

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Mississippi, other states score victory in challenge to EPA rule

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi is one of 23 states that succeeded in convincing the U.S. Supreme Court that cost of compliance — estimated at $9.6 billion a year — for coal-fired power plants should have been considered by the Environmental Protection Agency in imposing limits on mercury and other air toxins under the Clean Air Act. While the 5-4 decision ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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Officials monitoring marsh fire behind Mississippi Power

GULFPORT — A company spokesman says lightning from a thunderstorm started a marsh fire on property behind Mississippi Power Company’s plant. The Sun Herald reports spokesman Bill Snyder says employees were not in danger of the fire on Tuesday afternoon and says work at the power-generation plant proceeded as normal. Officials say firefighters could not reach the marsh with their ...

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ALAN TURNER: Kemper coal plant essentially complete

We had an opportunity recently to visit with Lee Youngblood, who handles communications for Mississippi Power Co., and learned that the Kemper facility is essentially complete and ready for final testing and certification. “Once that’s done, we expect to see the facility up and running and doing what it’s supposed to do, by early 2016,” he said. Earlier in his ...

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Court won’t reverse ruling on Kemper rate increase

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is sticking by its original decision finding illegal rate increases for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant. The court refused Thursday to reconsider its February ruling, despite requests from the power company, regulators and some business groups. That leaves standing an order to the Public Service Commission to reverse an 18 percent rate ...

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