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Fitch Ratings taking no action due to Kemper plant delay

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. On April 28, Mississippi Power announced another revision on the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC and a further increase in the construction costs. Further cost increases and/or schedule extensions cannot be ...

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Kemper County power plant hearing postponed

The question of who should foot the bill for a new and controversial power plant is on hold. Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. The Mississippi Public Service Commission yesterday delayed prudency hearings from May 19 until at least August. Those hearings ...

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Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data

KEMPER COUNTY — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about the $5 billion complex that ...

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Two companies fined for violations of 'No-Call' law

JACKSON — Two companies, including one based in Mississippi, have been found in violation of the state’s ‘No-Call’ law. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced Public Service Commission-ordered fines totaling $40,000. Higher Impact Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz., was fined $15,000, while Mississippi-based Diverse Solutions, LLC, was fined $25,000. Neither company registered as telephone solicitors with the state of Mississippi, yet ...

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Entergy increases availability of incentives for small businesses

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says that in response to his request, Entergy Mississippi will expand the availability of its Small Business Incentive Program. Entergy filed to amend the incentive program, which lowers the electricity costs borne by small business through a package reduced rates and fees, by removing a requirement that the business be located in a ...

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Southern Co.: Kemper plant construction cost could grow by $40M

KEMPER COUNTY — The Southern Co. says it may cost another $40 million to finish the $5-billion-plus power plant and mine it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said yesterday that it would set aside money in the plant’s budget to cover possible start-up problems. Critics have warned the technology, which turns soft ...

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Presley: Utilty rate incentives extended

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reports an extension through 2014, and in some instances beyond 2014, of utility rate incentives aimed at Mississippi small businesses. To date, the incentives have helped over 1,100 Mississippi small businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs, according to Presley. The Small Business Rate Incentive first proposed by Presley in 2011 has ...

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PSC unanimously rejects Entergy-ITC proposed merger

JACKSON — Mississippi utility regulators have unanimously rejected a merger proposal by Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp., saying the deal could have meant a $300-million rate increase for Mississippi customers over 30 years. “We respect Entergy’s desire to improve its organizational effectiveness, but the commission was not persuaded the transfer of ownership would be in the best interest of ...

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Mississippi Power asks for rate hike to meet fuel costs

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power Co. says it needs to charge more in 2014 for fuel as part of its yearly rate evaluation. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., in a filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, says it wants to raise rates by 3.35 percent. For residential customers, bills would go up 2.66 percent per month, the company says. ...

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Council gives state high marks for energy-efficiency policies

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is the most improved state in the nation for energy-saving policies, a ratings group says. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy lauded the state yesterday for efforts in the last year that included lawmakers passing a new energy code for buildings and the Public Service Commission passing requirements for electric and gas utilities to offer ...

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