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Solar panel maker says it will start Jackson operation in November

By JACK WEATHERLY  Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA has announced that it will conduct a trial operation of a $50 million solar-panel plant in Jackson and then begin “formal operation” in November. It made no mention in its release on Friday that Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber had announced in July that the city is “partnering’ with the Chinese company. City spokeswoman ...

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Mara Hartmann takes top honor

Mara Hartmann, APR, Entergy Mississippi senior lead communications specialist, is the recipient of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s Professional Achievement Award. The award is PRAM’s top honor and recognizes excellence in the field of public relations. It is presented to a public relations practitioner and PRAM member whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession. Recipients embody ...

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Entergy hires Ed Gardner

Ed Gardner, formerly of Power South Energy Cooperative in northwest Florida, has been named director of business and economic development at Entergy Mississippi. In his previous role, Gardner worked with local, regional and state economic development organizations in support of business attraction, expansion, retention and overall economic growth for the region. He previously held economic development jobs with the Birmingham ...

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SMEPA will buy power from second Lamar County solar site

HATTIESBURG — Origis Energy will build an additional 52 megawatts of solar energy capacity in Sumrall, selling the electricity produced there to South Mississippi Electric Power Association. SMEPA announced a letter of intent to buy the power Thursday. Mississippi Power Co. had announced in April that it would buy power from a twin 52 megawatt-facility that Origis, based on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, plans at the Lamar ...

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Kemper power plant overruns climb another $25 million

JACKSON — Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will spend at least another $25 million to finish the power plant it’s building in Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.3 billion. Jeff Shepard, a spokesman for the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., said the money will pay for further “startup and commissioning activities, as well as operational readiness.” Mississippi ...

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Moody’s cuts Mississippi Power rating despite rate increase

JACKSON — An emergency rate increase granted by regulators was not enough to keep a bond rating agency from downgrading Mississippi Power Co.’s debt. Moody’s Investors Service cut the debt rating FRIDAY on the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. by a notch to Baa2. The agency still rates Mississippi Power’s bonds as investment grade, but that’s the second-lowest investment grade ...

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PSC grants Mississippi Power interim rate hike

Associated Press State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to allow the utility to raise rates starting with bills beginning Aug. 20. A residential customer who uses 1,000 ...

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Biloxi council agrees to legal fees for BP claims

BILOXI — Following a meeting behind closed doors, the Biloxi City Council accepted a $200,000 offer to settle a dispute over fees charged by the law firm that fought for the city’s $4.9 million oil spill claim. The Sun Herald reports the city council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday reducing the 20 percent cut owed to lawyers who spent more ...

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Biloxi council negotiating over BP legal fees

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi hasn’t yet received its $5.9 million settlement from BP from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill but city officials are trying to get attorneys to reduce the 20 percent contingency fee. The Sun Herald reports a special meeting was called Thursday to discuss the 2012 contract with Biloxi law firm Page, Mannino, Peresich and McDermott. ...

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Lower than predicted natural gas prices means Entergy Mississippi users to get bill credits for 6 months

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi customers will get a refund over the next six months thanks to lower natural gas prices. The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a plan for Entergy to issue $46 million in bill credits to customers beginning in September and ending in February. A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will ...

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