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Update: Five years in the making: PSC adopts net-metering rule

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By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Public Service Commission took its time – five years – to develop and adopt a rule for “net metering,” which will allow homeowners and businesses to produce their own power and sell it to electric utilities. The agency established a docket in 2010, commissioned an independent study and filed it in September of 2014, on ...

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Natural gas rates keep falling; Entergy lowers rates

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JACKSON — Only months after Entergy Mississippi customers got a break on electricity bills because of falling natural gas prices, they’re likely to get another. Pending approval by the Public Service Commission, the unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. expects to collect $75 million less in 2016 to pay for natural gas. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity ...

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Lower than predicted natural gas prices means Entergy Mississippi users to get bill credits for 6 months

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JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi customers will get a refund over the next six months thanks to lower natural gas prices. The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a plan for Entergy to issue $46 million in bill credits to customers beginning in September and ending in February. A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi sunshine and the perfect storm

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The perfect solar storm is hitting Mississippi. One that could have us all dancing and singing that Brady Bunch song, “Sunshine Day.” More solar panel manufacturing jobs have come to our state. Entergy Mississippi has developed a pilot project to collect better data for more efficient solar energy for its consumers. And our Public Service Commission is set to approve net ...

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Mississippi, other states score victory in challenge to EPA rule

The Supreme Court said the Environmental Protection Agency needs to weigh the economic impact of proposed regulations on power companies and their customers. (Matt Brown / Associated Press)

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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Power companies urged to consider cell tower idea

MBJ staff Brandon Presley, commissioner for the Northern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission has instructed electric utilities in the state to investigate and develop policies to allow new cell phone towers to be placed on electric transmission towers. Presley said in  news release on Tuesday that such an arrangement could greatly improve cellular coverage in Mississippi while at the ...

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PSC: Entergy membership saves $48 million for ratepayers

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Entergy Mississippi customers saved an estimated $48 million during the first year of the utility’s  membership in MISO, a regional transmission organization formally known as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., according to a release from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. That amounts to a savings of approximately 3 percent, or about $3.50 on the typical residential customer’s monthly bill, ...

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Location chosen for Entergy's pilot solar project in DeSoto

HUGHES — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah’s casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a publicly owned utility that supplies ...

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Regulators seek comment on rule to aid solar development

JACKSON — Though Mississippi has lagged in its use of solar energy, it may be starting to catch up. Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission voted to seek comments on a proposed rule that would mandate that utilities pay solar panel owners for power they generate. Also Tuesday, Entergy Mississippi held a groundbreaking for a commercial solar facility adjacent to ...

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PSC offers 'net metering' proposal

MBJ staff and wire Mississippi’s utility regulators are proposing rules that would be relatively favorable for residential users to deploy solar panels, but they’re leaving wiggle room for changes. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to issue its proposed “net metering” rule, with plans to accept public comments through July 1 and then hold a public hearing. The rule would ...

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