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Regulators, utility split on Kemper Power Plant rates

Regulators and Mississippi Power Co. disagree over how much money the company should get for the functioning portion of its Kemper County power plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. wants customers to pay for $277 million in assets than the Public Utilities Staff believes is justified. Although the difference would initially have little impact on rates, staff Executive Director ...

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Fired engineer sues, saying utility retaliated against him

A former engineer at a partially-aborted Mississippi Power Co. plant is suing the utility’s parent company, saying it’s ignoring an order to reinstate him. The whistleblower case was filed Tuesday in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama. Brett Wingo of Homewood, Alabama, says he warned Atlanta-based Southern Co. that the Kemper County plant wouldn’t meet deadlines promised to investors. The suit ...

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Southern Co. absorbs $2.8 billion on Kemper plant

Associated Press Mississippi Power customers won’t be paying for the gasification portion of the Kemper County power plant. Customers are only paying for the energy they’ve been receiving from the natural gas portion of the plant. Atlanta-based Southern Co. on Wednesday announced it would absorb an additional $2.8 billion in losses from the Kemper County power plant’s lignite coal operation — bringing ...

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Stion adds workers to Hattiesburg solar plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp.’s employment has risen to 150 at its Hattiesburg plant where it produces solar panels. The company has agreed to create 500 jobs by the end of 2022, according to an amended memorandum of understanding with the state, city and Forrest County. Stion started operations in 2012 after negotiating a $75 million, low-interest loan with the ...

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Jackson has lowest gas prices in America

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.31. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop comes amid plentiful supplies of both crude oil and gasoline. She says gas prices have declined more than 15 cents since April. Gas in San Francisco ...

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CenterPoint to raise rates on Mississippi gas customers

Customers of Mississippi’s second-largest natural gas supplier will see bills rise about 3 percent. The Public Service Commission approved a rate increase Thursday for Houston-based Centerpoint Energy. A typical residential customer will see their bill rise by $1.21 a month to $40.34, according to regulatory documents, including a 60-cent increase in the monthly base charge. CenterPoint’s total revenue from all ...

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Atmos to buy natural gas system from Mississippi town

Atmos Energy Corp. will buy a Mississippi town’s natural gas system. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted Thursday to approve Atmos’ purchase from the Madison County town of Flora for $602,000. Rates and service will not change on the system, which has 1,300 customers in Madison and Hinds counties. Atmos and its predecessor have been leasing and operating Flora’s natural ...

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Mississippi’s largest solar facility begins generating power

Mississippi’s largest solar power installation is now making electricity. Mississippi Power Co. is contracted to buy electricity for 25 years from the $100 million Lamar County facility, owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments. Leaders of D.E. Shaw and Mississippi Power, as well as former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, gathered Friday to dedicate the 600-acre facility, which began sending electricity to ...

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