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Officials monitoring marsh fire behind Mississippi Power

GULFPORT — A company spokesman says lightning from a thunderstorm started a marsh fire on property behind Mississippi Power Company’s plant. The Sun Herald reports spokesman Bill Snyder says employees were not in danger of the fire on Tuesday afternoon and says work at the power-generation plant proceeded as normal. Officials say firefighters could not reach the marsh with their ...

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Candidate asks PSC to block rate hikes till order fulfilled

Associated Press Regulators should block rate increases for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County plant until all the mandates of a state Supreme Court decision are fulfilled, Hattiesburg oilman Tommy Blanton says. It was Blanton’s lawsuit that threw financing arrangements for the $6.2 billion plant into doubt. In a Tuesday filing before the Mississippi Public Service Commission, Blanton’s lawyer wrote that ...

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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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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op


Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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Electrical cooperative pulls out of Kemper power plant deal


JACKSON — The entity that procures power for many Mississippi electric cooperatives Wednesday pulled out of a deal to buy 15 percent of the $6.2 billion Kemper County power plant, blowing a hole in Mississippi Power’s financing plan for the project. South Mississippi Electric Power Association spokeswoman Sara Peterson said SMEPA’s board voted to back out of a plan to ...

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Mississippi Power announces solar projects

MBJ staff Mississippi Power plans to become the second major utility in the state to announce a solar project of limited scope, it said in a news release. It is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build two generating farms to produce approximately 53 megawatts,  enough  to power 7,800 homes, according to the utility’s Friday release. ...

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Suit against Kemper employee Brett Wingo is dismissed

Jack Weatherly A case involving a key manager at Mississippi Power Co’.s Kemper County clean-coal plant who had been taken to court in Birmingham by the utility’s parent has been dismissed. To keep Brett J. Wingo from going public with information about the plant — which the company said would do it great harm — the Southern Co. succeeded in ...

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Barbour-Swoope team played .500 ball, at best

Thank heavens there is still a bright line between a news story and a column. Neither is better than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. A news story is supposed to be factual. Hence, it carries the mantle of credibility, which should never drop to the ground, like the American flag. Play fast and loose with the facts, ...

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Mississippi Power, regulators, ask Kemper decision rehearing

JACKSON — The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state’s highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company’s Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the regulatory body argued the high court’s 5-4 decision misreads ...

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Mississippi Power's conversion of plant nearly complete

GULFPORT — The last load of coal has arrived by barge at Plant Watson as Mississippi Power prepares to convert the plant to using strictly natural gas. Mississippi Power had already started using natural gas and announced in August it would convert units 4 and 5 from coal to natural gas to most economically comply with new federal environmental regulations. The ...

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