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TVA sees second-highest winter peak power demand

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority power system passed a critical demand period early yesterday from the bitter cold wave and electricity use is coming down. TVA’s power system reached a preliminary peak power demand of 32,460 megawatts at 9 a.m. EST yesterday with the Valley’s average temperature at 4 degrees. This is the second-highest winter peak in TVA ...

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Commissioner pushing for extension of utilities' incentives

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is encouraging four of Mississippi’s major electric and gas utilities to extend small business rate incentives for another year. Incentives provided by Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power Company, CenterPoint Energy Resources and Wilmut Gas & Oil Company are set to expire Dec. 31. Atmos Energy Corporation has a similar program expiring in September 2013, ...

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Utility's earnings take big hit during third quarter

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation reported third quarter 2012 as-reported earnings of $337.1 million, or $1.89 per share, compared with $628.1 million, or $3.53 per share, for third quarter 2011. On an operational basis, Entergy’s third quarter 2012 earnings were $347.7 million, or $1.95 per share, compared with $628.1 million, or $3.53 per share, in third quarter 2011. Entergy said ...

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PSC pondering change to rate-setting policy

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reports the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has opened an inquiry into whether reduced borrowing costs for electric utility companies and other factors should translate into lower rates for customers. The PSC voted 3-0 to open the inquiry. Presley said current rates were set when interest rates were much higher and ...

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Gas utilities want regulators to approve previously unapproved rates

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Six municipally owned natural gas utilities are asking state regulators to approve rates they’ve already been charging customers without approval. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the requests have been filed with the Public Service Commission by utilities in Pontotoc, Batesville, Booneville, Holly Springs, New Albany and Walnut. Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said that ...

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PSC OKs utility's decrease in fuel cost recovery

GULFPORT — State regulators have approved Mississippi Power Co.’s proposed decrease in the amount it recovers in its annual fuel filing. Mississippi Power’s fuel costs are recovered from customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The company does not earn a profit on the fuel used to generate electricity. Public Service Commission chairman Leonard Bentz says Mississippi Power customers will see an ...

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Delta town finally gets gas after failing to pay bill

WINSONVILLE — People in a struggling Mississippi Delta town will soon have natural gas service after six months of heating bath water on electric stoves or cooking on hot plates because the town failed to pay its gas supplier for years. Utility crews are restoring service in Winstonville this week just as the first blast of wintry air is moving ...

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Environment Masters expands services in metro area

JACKSON — Environment Masters, specializing in heating and air-conditioning since 1957, has expanded to also serve the plumbing needs of homeowners and businesses throughout the Jackson metro area, according to Raymond J. Nalty, III, president. David Hicks, a master plumber with 28 years of local experience, heads the new Environment Masters division. A Jackson native and Reservoir resident, Hicks has ...

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Environment Masters acquires Hodges Engineering

RIDGELAND — Environment Masters, a residential and commercial heating and air-conditioning company serving metro Jackson since 1957, has purchased the assets of Hodges Engineering Corporation of Ridgeland, according to Raymond J. Nalty, III, Environment Masters president. Customers who held service agreements with Hodges recently were notified of the change in a letter signed by Nalty and Dan A. Hodges, III, ...

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South sucks heating money from cold-weather states

PORTLAND, Maine — The recent cold snap in the Deep South has sucked federal emergency home heating dollars away from traditional cold-weather states, causing heating aid to dry up faster than usual in many northern states. The South was the beneficiary last month when the Obama administration released $490 million in emergency heating funds, using a formula that took into ...

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