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Regulators order end to Kemper rate increase, plan refunds

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

JACKSON — Regulators on Tuesday ordered Mississippi Power Co. to lower rates later this month and plan for customer refunds by November. In issuing the order, the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to comply with a state Supreme Court order that found illegal a 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. must roll ...

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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine of $22,136. Oh, forgot.  There’s ...

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Entergy gives solar a shot

By Jack Weatherly Entergy will build solar facilities in three Mississippi cities. It is designated a pilot project even though solar technology has been around for decades, because it is the first of “utility scale” in Mississippi, said Aaron Hill, manager of the project for Entergy. Construction will commence in the Jackson area in the second quarter and be completed ...

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Mississippi groups attack carbon dioxide limits, say unreasonable

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government’s proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible and economically unbearable. The EPA announced specific targets for all the states in June, ...

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Rep. Brown says he will run for Posey's seat on PSC

JACKSON — Democratic state Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson said yesterday that he’s running in 2015 for a seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the three-member board that regulates utilities. Brown, 70, said he will seek the central district seat that is held by Republican Lynn Posey, a former state senator from Union Church. Posey could not immediately be ...

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PSC fines companies for alleged violations of no-call law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined three companies for alleged violations of the state’s no-call law. Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to enter default judgments against Financial Knowledge Network, HME Providers and Fountain of Youth Bathtubs. Financial Knowledge Network of Wyoming, James Thomas Graham of Florida and associated companies are alleged to have violated Mississippi’s law against unauthorized ...

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Water association sues PSC over waiver for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — The Mississippi Rural Water Association has sued the state Public Service Commission in federal court, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with federal law when it required a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by the association, which has more than 1,000 members ...

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Entergy agrees to cut $35M from its new rate plan

JACKSON — Entergy Corp. has agreed with Mississippi regulators to cut $35 million from the amount it is seeking from customers under a new rate plan, dropping the total to $14 million annually and setting the stage for the Public Service Commission to approve the plan by Dec. 9. Mississippi’s largest private utility also agreed not to ask customers to ...

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PSC sticks to order allowing domestic violence victims to delay utility deposits

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won’t reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days, setting up a possible legal showdown over the regulator’s authority over rural water association and electrical cooperatives. The commission voted 3-0 yesterday to deny a request from rural water associations and electrical cooperatives to rehear the ...

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Entergy expects drop in quarterly as-reported earnings compared to last year

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation expects third quarter 2014 as-reported earnings of approximately $1.26 per share and operational earnings of approximately $1.67 per share. Results for third quarter 2013 were $1.34 per share on an as-reported basis and $2.41 per share on an operational basis. The Utility posted another quarter-over-quarter of industrial sales growth, led by the Gulf region of ...

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