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Electric utilities ask higher rates on Mississippi customers

Mississippi’s two privately owned electric utilities are asking regulators to make customers pay more next year. Entergy Mississippi’s request would boost rates for a yardstick residential customer from $104 a month to $114 a month, beginning in February, to pay for fuel costs. Mississippi Power Co. requests to boost monthly rates for a yardstick residential customer from $126 a month ...

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TOP 100 — Cooperative Energy prepares to open solar farm near Sumrall

By BECKY GILLETTE In recent years, customer surveys for the 11 rural electric cooperatives in Mississippi that purchase power from the not-for-profit Cooperative Energy (formerly South Mississippi Electric Power Association) have indicated a higher interest in using “green” power — electricity generated from alternative energy sources such as wind, hydro-electric and solar. Now one of the state’s largest ever commercial ...

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CECIL BROWN — STEM education is Mississippi’s bridge to a brighter future

  As advocates for our community, we sometimes become so focused on the fight against poverty that we don’t pause to build the bridges that will help folks actually improve their lives. Policymakers are worried about finding abundant, high quality jobs that are critical to healthy economic growth. Meanwhile, companies are scrambling to find qualified applicants to meet the growing ...

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Analysis: Do regulators hear praises of Mississippi Power?

It’s beginning to sound like 2010 again at the Public Service Commission. Business and government leaders have streamed into rate proceedings over Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant, supporting the utility’s position. And Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., has taken an aggressive position that commissioners should hurry up and do what the company wants, instead of ...

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Mississippi ranks 9th in solar growth in second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi ranked ninth in the country in solar power growth in the second quarter by adding 92.9 megawatts, thanks largely to projects brought online by utilities. The U.S. industry installed 2,387 megawatts of solar facilities for the quarter, a record increase of 8 percent over the year-earlier quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “This ...

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PSC’s Presley: Only 30 percent of state utility spending went to Mississippi firms

By JULIA MILLER The origin of Public Service Commission’s new “Hire Mississippi” rule is simple. “I drive all over the state, and I was driving by construction sites and kept seeing out-of-state car tags,” Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley said. It frustrated him because he knew these sites were funded by taxpayers. He decided to research the numbers, and his ...

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