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Cooperative Energy dedicates engine power plant in Benndale

Cooperative Energy today dedicated a new gas-fired engine power plant at its Benndale Station, marking the first electric utility globally to own and place Wärtsilä 31SG engines into commercial operation. The 22.7 MW plant, located in rural George County, features two gas-fired, energy efficient 20-cyclinder units. The engine power plant  will provide valuable grid support for renewable integration for the Cooperative ...

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TVA implodes 500-foot stacks at idled Alabama coal plant

STEVENSON, Ala. — Workers have used explosives to implode a pair of 500-foot-tall (152-meter-tall) stacks at an idled Tennessee Valley Authority coal plant in Alabama. The federal utility released video Friday of blasts that took down the massive structures at the old Widows Creek Fossil Plant near Stevenson. Explosives also demolished two boilers at the old generating station, which is ...

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Mississippi gas prices going up, but how much is anyone’s guess

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The attack on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia over the weekend is sending gas price higher, and it didn’t take long for that impact to be felt in Northeast Mississippi. Monday morning, a gallon at the Dodge’s store on West Main Street in Tupelo was at $2.03. By the early afternoon, ...

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Entergy named a National Leader in economic development for 12th consecutive year

For 12 years running, Site Selection magazine has named Entergy Corporation as one of the nation’s top utilities in economic development. The award is due to the vital role Entergy plays in economic development efforts across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. “This is a tremendous honor that speaks directly to our commitment to bring jobs and growth to our communities,” ...

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Stocks slip as surge in oil brings fresh economic worries

Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. The attack, which Yemeni rebels said they were behind, raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil at a time when the global economy’s strength is already seen as shaky. President Donald Trump warned ...

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Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack as US blames Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Global energy prices spiked Monday by a percentage unseen since the 1991 Gulf War after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, further fueling heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. American officials released satellite images of the damage at the heart of ...

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Savings from solar power chicken houses ‘like giving the farmer a raise’

By BECKY GILLETTE Even small poultry farms with only four chicken houses can have power bills ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 per year. A game changer that can help chicken growers greatly reduce that annual electricity bill is solar panels that can cut those bills by $7,000 to $8,000 per year, said Ryan Ladner, president of Solar South LLC in ...

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Audit: Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses

An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation’s largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general’s report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. The report cites instances in which executives didn’t comply with federal travel regulation and TVA policies, including overpaid per diems; ...

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Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

OKLAHOMA CITY — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens’ spokesman Jay Rosser confirmed the death to The Associated Press. Pickens suffered a series of strokes in 2017 and was hospitalized that July after what he called a “Texas-sized fall.” An only child who ...

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