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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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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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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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Hattiesburg solar panel maker gets relief second time in pact with local government

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp. is getting relief for the second time from its agreement with local government in Forrest County and Hattiesburg. The solar panel maker is entering a “payment and forebearance agreement” whereby it promises to pay $75,000 a month to the county and city toward $2.3 million in accumulated fees in lieu of ad valorem taxes. » ...

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Mississippi regulator links to utility employment pages

The agency that regulates Mississippi utilities says people looking for work can now go to its website for links to dozens of utilities’ employment pages. Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown says every community in the state needs well-qualified utility workers, and the new links offer a one-stop shop for people who are looking for a job. Brown says utilities don’t ...

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Regulators seek more utility work for Mississippi companies

Mississippi regulators want utilities to do more to hire companies based in the state, proposing an administrative rule that would require regulated private utilities to keep lists of interested companies and notify them of contracting opportunities. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to seek public comment on the “Hire Mississippi” rule. Though it would encourage utilities to consider Mississippi ...

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Another month’s Kemper delay adds $38M to power plant’s cost

Mississippi Power Co. is again delaying completion for its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant. The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it still can’t reliably run parts of the plant, including units that convert lignite coal into gas. Southern said in a stock filing Monday that it’s pushing back completion by another month to May 31, more than three ...

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Siegfried named president, CEO of Southern Pine Electric

Southern Pine Electric has named Jason S. Siegfried as president and chief executive officer. Siegfried replaces Donald L. Jordan, who retired May 1. He becomes the fifth CEO in Southern Pine Electric’s nearly 80 years of operation. Siegfried has more than 15 years of experience with the cooperative working in engineering, operations, economic development and rate-making. The last five years ...

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Power line builder asks Mississippi to approve $1.4B project

Pattern Development is seeking approval from Mississippi regulators for a $1.4 billion power transmission line meant to carry wind-generated electricity from Texas to the Southeast. The affiliate of San Francisco-based wind-energy generator Pattern Energy announced the filing Wednesday. The company needs approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission to build what it calls the Southern Cross Transmission project. The line ...

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