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Vicksburg implements energy saving measures to cut costs

A Mississippi city is implementing energy efficiency measures that are estimated to save it more than $60,000 a year on utility bills. The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a $2.4 million contract with Jackson-based Path Co. LLC this month to look into ways the city could improve its energy efficiency, The Vicksburg posted reported on Monday. The program will focus ...

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Japan revises Fukushima cleanup plan, delays key steps

Japan on Friday revised a roadmap for the cleanup of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, further delaying the removal of thousands of spent fuel units that remain in cooling pools since the 2011 disaster. It’s a key step in the decadeslong process, complicated by high radiation and other risks. The government and the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., are ...

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Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles from swallowing or getting snagged on hooks or tangled in ...

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Entergy Mississippi powering up Madison County mega site

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved Entergy Mississippi’s construction of a $57-million substation at the Madison County Mega Site. The project, which also involves transmission upgrades, will give the industrial site a competitive edge in attracting large economic development projects. It will also increase service reliability in the fast-growing area of northwest Madison County. The Madison County Mega Site ...

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Feds: Royalty exemption for new shallow-water Gulf wells

The federal agencies that make and enforce offshore oil and gas leases say they’ll encourage new wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters by allowing some reduced-royalty or even royalty-free production if owners can prove they need it. Some $20 billion worth of oil and gas may go untapped without changes described in a report issued Tuesday, according to the ...

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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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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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