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Mississippi’s largest solar facility begins generating power

Mississippi’s largest solar power installation is now making electricity. Mississippi Power Co. is contracted to buy electricity for 25 years from the $100 million Lamar County facility, owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments. Leaders of D.E. Shaw and Mississippi Power, as well as former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, gathered Friday to dedicate the 600-acre facility, which began sending electricity to ...

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THE POWER TO SAVE MILLIONS — Entergy cuts costs for customers $118M over 3 years by joining MISO

By JACK WEATHERLY Entergy Mississippi Inc. saved customers about $118 million in the three years after joining a regional transmission organization, the Mississippi Public Service Commission said in a release on Thursday. Entergy Corp.’s four southern utilities joined the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy regulatory review and cost-benefit analysis. The savings have exceeded ...

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Mississippi Power suspending Kemper coal operation pending PSC showdown

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power Co. and its parent, the Southern Co., issued a statement Wednesday saying that the coal-gasification operations at the Kemper County power plant will be suspended and natural-gas operations would continue. The statement came as a Mississippi Public Service Commission hearing approaches on Thursday, July 6, to determine the future of the project that is years behind ...

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PSC to Mississippi Power: enough is enough on Kemper

By JACK WEATHERLY Years of construction delays and huge cost overruns at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County clean-coal gasification plant have reached the breaking point, as far as state regulators are concerned. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to issue an order on July 6 giving the utility 45 days to comply with the order that would allow ...

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Seraphim Solar seeking workers for Jackson plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar USA seeks to double its work force at its Jackson plant. The plant, which started production of solar panels in February 2016, now employs about 30. Approval by two “major residential solar finance companies for their installer networks,” Sungage Financial and Sunnova, has opened the door for expansion of the plant, the Houston-based manufacturer said ...

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Mississippi power plant costs cross $7.5B; rate plan delayed

A Mississippi utility on Monday delayed making proposals for how its customers should pay for an ever-more-expensive power plant, even as the estimated cost of the facility crossed $7.5 billion. Thomas Fanning, CEO of parent Southern Co., told shareholders in May that Mississippi Power would file rate plans for its Kemper County power plant this month. But still unable to ...

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Raby named managing counsel at Entergy Mississippi, Inc.

Tianna H. Raby, who joined Entergy Mississippi, Inc. as senior counsel in the legal department in 2014, has been named managing counsel. Prior to joining Entergy, Raby was a partner in the Jackson office of a civil litigation defense firm where she defended clients in a wide spectrum of claims including product liability, personal injury, professional liability, toxic tort and ...

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Kemper not finished, but Mississippi Power to file rate plan

Mississippi Power Co. says it will file plans Monday for customers to pay their share of its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant, even though the plant isn’t finished. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. didn’t yet have a cost update in a Wednesday statement, after Mississippi Power pushed back Kemper’s completion date for the 10th time in 18 months. ...

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Callon Petroleum announces appointments of Gatto, Flury following death of Fred Callon

Callon Petroleum Co. has appointed Joseph Gatto Jr. as chief executive officer and L. Richard Flury as non-executive chairman, succeeding Fred Callon, former chief executive officer and chairman, following his unexpected death on May 24. Gatto will continue performing his duties as president and chief financial officer. The remainder of the company’s leadership team will continue in their present roles. ...

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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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