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Georgia Power orders nuclear fuel for newly designed reactor

Georgia Power has ordered nuclear fuel for its long-delayed expansion of Plant Vogtle, the nation’s first large-scale nuclear project in more than 30 years. The fuel order was announced the day before its parent company reported second-quarter net income of $902 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Atlanta-based Southern Co. said Wednesday that it ...

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Entergy nuclear plant shut down to fix emergency system weld

Entergy has temporarily shut down a nuclear power plant in Louisiana to fix a pipe weld in an emergency system. Entergy nuclear spokesman Mike Bowling says the likely length of the shutdown is “business-sensitive,” so he can’t talk about it. He says the utility has plans to provide all the power needed during the hot summer. According to Entergy’s website, ...

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Cooperative Energy names Jeff Bowman as new president and next CEO

Cooperative Energy’s Board of Directors announced the selection of Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Bowman as the company’s new President. Bowman additionally will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer in late 2019, upon the retirement of Cooperative Energy’s current President and CEO Jim Compton. Bowman, 47, will be only the fourth person to serve as CEO in ...

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Low gas prices bode well for Memorial Day holiday

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi was in a four-way tie Monday for the cheapest gasoline in the country, $2.50 for a gallon of regular, the American Automobile Association reports. That bodes well for those planning road trips in the Magnolia State over the extended Memorial Day weekend, whether they’re in-staters or visitors. AAA projects that nearly 43 million Americans will mark ...

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Analysis: Decisions on Mississippi Power face new officials

Public Service Commissioner is the hardest job that few people are thinking about in Mississippi’s crowded election year. The winners of two open public service commissioner posts will just have settled into their offices in the Woolfolk State Office Building overlooking Mississippi’s capitol when they will be asked to decide the future of the Mississippi Power Co. Maybe that’s a ...

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Supreme Court: Tennessee Valley Authority can be sued

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Tennessee Valley Authority can be sued over its commercial activity. But it left a lower court to decide whether the case of an Alabama man injured by a power line can proceed. The Monday decision comes in the case of Gary Thacker, who was boating in the Tennessee River in 2013 when he ...

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Utility faces federal investigation over failed power plant

A utility giant faces a federal investigation over a $7.5 billion coal-fueled power plant that Mississippi regulators pushed the electrical utility into partly cancelling. The Southern Co. said Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department told the Atlanta-based company on Monday that it has started a civil investigation into the plant that subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. was building in Kemper County. ...

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Nuclear regulator cites plant for 2 low-level violations

A special inspection of a nuclear power plant in Mississippi has resulted in two low-level citations. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in a March 29 report , says Entergy Corp. operators at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station couldn’t get a water pump system to operate during the Dec. 12 shutdown because of training and simulation problems. The federal nuclear regulator is also ...

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Judge could hand $2B power rate fight to utility regulator

Days after deciding to go forward with a trial over whether a Mississippi utility overbilled its customers, the judge on Tuesday ordered fresh arguments on whether he has the authority to hear the case. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves canceled the third day of the trial, set for Tuesday, and instead instructed lawyers for Attorney General Jim Hood and Entergy ...

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Dispute over Mississippi electricity prices heads to trial

Mississippi’s attorney general wants a federal judge to order the state’s largest private utility to repay more than $1 billion he says Entergy Mississippi overcharged customers. The unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says it’s done nothing wrong and that the dispute belongs before a regulator, not a judge. AG Jim Hood says Entergy should have bought cheaper electricity from ...

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