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PSC offers 'net metering' proposal

MBJ staff and wire Mississippi’s utility regulators are proposing rules that would be relatively favorable for residential users to deploy solar panels, but they’re leaving wiggle room for changes. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to issue its proposed “net metering” rule, with plans to accept public comments through July 1 and then hold a public hearing. The rule would ...

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UPDATED: Florida firm slapped with $1.3M No Call fine

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined a Florida company $1.3 million for 266 violations of the state’s No Call law. But with Global Financial Assist LLC having gone out of business, the fine may be more symbolic than actual. The fines come to $5,000 for each of the unauthorized calls the telemarketer made to Mississippi residents, said PSC ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: Human Capital — Merely Buying Time

The fact that the 2015 legislative session is drawing to a close with the status quo having been maintained may be viewed as a victory of sorts – but alas all indications are that it may be only a temporary reprieve. Just prior to the beginning of the current legislative session Senior State Economist Dr. Darrin Webb was interviewed by ...

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Business groups file briefs in support of Kemper coal plant rehearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Three business-support groups have filed briefs with the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking for a rehearing of the case in which a rate increase for Mississippi Power Co. customers was reversed and a refund ordered. The Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council are seeking to get another review of the ...

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Gulfport buys Ingalls facility for $32 million

GULFPORT— The Board of Commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority has approved the purchase for $32 million a Huntington Ingalls Gulfport facility located about five miles inland. The acquisition is part of a long-range plan to develop an inland port as an extension of the Port of Gulfport, the authority said Friday in a news release. The 116-acre location will increase capacity ...

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Law to bolster utilities’ economic development efforts gets mixed reactions

A bill to bolster electric utilities’ economic development efforts sailed through the Mississippi Legislature and was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant on March 13. But after-the-fact reaction to the law ranges from suspicion and alarm to a characterization that such an interpretation is merely a tempest in a teapot. It could put customers of the state’s two investor-owned utilities, Entergy ...

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New power grid manager poised to open

LITTLE ROCK — A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it’s not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production and transmission in parts of ...

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