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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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Audit: Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses

An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation’s largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general’s report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. The report cites instances in which executives didn’t comply with federal travel regulation and TVA policies, including overpaid per diems; ...

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Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

OKLAHOMA CITY — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens’ spokesman Jay Rosser confirmed the death to The Associated Press. Pickens suffered a series of strokes in 2017 and was hospitalized that July after what he called a “Texas-sized fall.” An only child who ...

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TVA finds route for power line from Mississippi to Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has identified a route for a new transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee. TVA said Monday that the proposed power line would begin at the existing Allen Fossil Plant in Horn Lake, near the Tennessee and Mississippi line. The line would extend to a substation in Memphis. The utility said ...

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Tennessee Valley Authority envisions no major new plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors has approved a 20-year plan that includes no new major generating plants. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the plan approved last week envisions getting more power out of existing nuclear, gas and hydroelectric units. It also includes more solar, backed up by improved energy storage and other new technologies. TVA will also ...

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Federal utility head says no need to boost rates

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The president of the nation’s largest public utility says he will recommend suspending a plan to boost electric rates next year. Tennessee Valley Authority President Jeff Lyash told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview last week that the federal utility has improved its balance sheet over the past few years and with operational improvements, it ...

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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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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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