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EPA wants deep cut in state's carbon emissions from power plants

WASHINGTON — The federal government is proposing that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states today as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. Mississippi’s 2012 carbon emission rate was 1,130 pounds per megawatt ...

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Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they ...

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Entergy runs hurricane drill as Atlantic season kicks off

JACKSON — To prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, hundreds of Entergy employees across the company’s utility service territory recently took part in an intensive storm drill. The drill tracked a fictional hurricane and its potential impact on Entergy’s service territory. Following Hurricane Katrina, Entergy adopted the federal and state Incident Command Structure for disasters that clearly defines the roles ...

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Entergy crews working to rebuild tornado-damaged facilities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — More than 100 Entergy employees, along with more than 400 contractors, are working seven days a week to rebuild electrical facilities damaged during five distinct tornadoes on April 27, including the first twister of 2014 to earn a high-end rating of EF4, packing winds between 166-200 mph. While power has been restored to all customers who ...

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Denault: Future is bright for Coast, natural gas

One utility executive sees an opportunity along the Gulf Coast, and believes his company is going to ride that wave perhaps for an entire decade. Entergy Corp. CEO Leo Denault is predicting above-average growth in the next five to 10 years, thanks to an industrial boom along the Gulf Coast powered by low natural gas prices. “We see a growing ...

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Entergy Mississippi gives $1M to two Jackson museums

A Mississippi-based utility has presented a hefty check to organizers of two museums earmarked for downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi Inc. has presented a $1-million gift to the 2 Mississippi Museums project currently under construction in Jackson, which includes the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO, said, “The museums will ...

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Fitch Ratings taking no action due to Kemper plant delay

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. On April 28, Mississippi Power announced another revision on the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC and a further increase in the construction costs. Further cost increases and/or schedule extensions cannot be ...

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Southern Co. moves startup date for Kemper County plant

KEMPER COUNTY — The Southern Co. says the expected startup date of its coal gas-fired power plant in Kemper County is being pushed back to the first half of 2015. In a regulatory filing yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company also says the plant’s cost is expected to rise by $196 million to a total of about ...

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Louisville tornado believed to be EF4; state's death toll grows to nine

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit the Louisville area last night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, confirmed the rating today. An EF-4 rating means the tornado packed wind speeds of 170 to 190 mph. Reports are pending on the tornado that struck the ...

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Kemper County power plant hearing postponed

The question of who should foot the bill for a new and controversial power plant is on hold. Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. The Mississippi Public Service Commission yesterday delayed prudency hearings from May 19 until at least August. Those hearings ...

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