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PSC sets schedule for resolution of Kemper case

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday set Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Utilities Staff on a course that could allow the regulators to decide by January the rate case related to the troubled Kemper County power plant. A hearing was set for Dec. 4. The PSC on June 21 said that it would order the utility not ...

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Refinery shutdowns put pressure on gasoline prices

By JACK WEATHERLY Nearly 20 percent of U.S. oil refining has been halted because of flooding on the Gulf Coast in the Houston metro area, according to company reports and Reuters estimates, putting pressure on the price of gasoline at the pump. The average price of regular in Mississippi rose to $2.16 on Wednesday, up six cents a gallon from ...

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Regulators, utility split on Kemper Power Plant rates

Regulators and Mississippi Power Co. disagree over how much money the company should get for the functioning portion of its Kemper County power plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. wants customers to pay for $277 million in assets than the Public Utilities Staff believes is justified. Although the difference would initially have little impact on rates, staff Executive Director ...

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Coal mine layoffs latest fallout at Kemper power plant

DEKALB, Miss. — The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant says it will lay off 75 workers at the mine. It’s the latest fallout from the suspending the part of the plant that was supposed to gasify coal and remove pollutants. Mississippi Power has said it could lay off 250 workers at the plant. ...

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Fired engineer sues, saying utility retaliated against him

A former engineer at a partially-aborted Mississippi Power Co. plant is suing the utility’s parent company, saying it’s ignoring an order to reinstate him. The whistleblower case was filed Tuesday in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama. Brett Wingo of Homewood, Alabama, says he warned Atlanta-based Southern Co. that the Kemper County plant wouldn’t meet deadlines promised to investors. The suit ...

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Southern Co. absorbs $2.8 billion on Kemper plant

Associated Press Mississippi Power customers won’t be paying for the gasification portion of the Kemper County power plant. Customers are only paying for the energy they’ve been receiving from the natural gas portion of the plant. Atlanta-based Southern Co. on Wednesday announced it would absorb an additional $2.8 billion in losses from the Kemper County power plant’s lignite coal operation — bringing ...

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Stion adds workers to Hattiesburg solar plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp.’s employment has risen to 150 at its Hattiesburg plant where it produces solar panels. The company has agreed to create 500 jobs by the end of 2022, according to an amended memorandum of understanding with the state, city and Forrest County. Stion started operations in 2012 after negotiating a $75 million, low-interest loan with the ...

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Jackson has lowest gas prices in America

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.31. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop comes amid plentiful supplies of both crude oil and gasoline. She says gas prices have declined more than 15 cents since April. Gas in San Francisco ...

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CenterPoint to raise rates on Mississippi gas customers

Customers of Mississippi’s second-largest natural gas supplier will see bills rise about 3 percent. The Public Service Commission approved a rate increase Thursday for Houston-based Centerpoint Energy. A typical residential customer will see their bill rise by $1.21 a month to $40.34, according to regulatory documents, including a 60-cent increase in the monthly base charge. CenterPoint’s total revenue from all ...

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Atmos to buy natural gas system from Mississippi town

Atmos Energy Corp. will buy a Mississippi town’s natural gas system. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted Thursday to approve Atmos’ purchase from the Madison County town of Flora for $602,000. Rates and service will not change on the system, which has 1,300 customers in Madison and Hinds counties. Atmos and its predecessor have been leasing and operating Flora’s natural ...

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