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Gas utility to build pipelines to industrial parks

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Atmos Energy will begin construction of 23 miles of natural gas pipelines next year to three industrial parks in East Mississippi. The company and Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey made the announcement yesterday in Meridian. The three industrial sites that will receive the pipeline service are the Sonny Montgomery Industrial Park, the I-20/59 Industrial Park ...

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Still no new filings in Entergy-ITC merger

JACKSON — Almost a month after Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. withdrew their merger application in Texas, they haven’t refiled. Since then, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi have delayed consideration of the merger. “We’re wanting to see where Texas goes on this,” said Eric Skrmetta, chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Observers say the delays almost certainly mean the ...

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Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power plant Mississippi Power Co. is ...

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No timetable for replacing Leonard Bentz

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz had not, as of Tuesday, sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter noticing his resignation from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It’s a matter of time before he does, Bentz said. Bentz was hired last week as the new executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, a publicly funded, regional economic ...

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UPDATE: Leonard Bentz leaves post at Public Service Commission

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz leaned into a radio reporter’s microphone Tuesday morning in his office, and sang the first few bars of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” It wasn’t bad. For Bentz, it must have felt awfully good, even though he said the appearance of shedding years of coal plant-related stress was “just a show.” Bentz had just ...

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Bentz leaving PSC to head South Mississippi Planning and Development District

JACKSON  — Leonard Bentz is leaving the state Public Service Commission to become executive of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The board of the 15-county planning district voted yesterday to hire the Republican Bentz, paying him $150,000 a year. Bentz, who made $78,000 per year representing the PSC’s Southern District, was chosen from among five finalists. He will ...

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Bentz among finalist to lead SMPDD; board to meet tomorrow

GULFPORT — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz is among five finalists for the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District’s executive director job. An official with the group told The Sun Herald yesterday the group’s board of directors meets tomorrow in Gulfport to discuss the vacancy and Bentz is among the five being considering. Bentz didn’t respond to the ...

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Atmos Energy gets approval to buy natural gas system

ARTESIA — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has signed an order approving the sale and transfer of the Town of Artesia’s natural gas system to Atmos Energy Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. According to a press release from Presley’s office, the Mississippi Public Service Commission action will result in a 49 percent rate reduction for residents of the Lowndes County ...

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PSC passes new energy efficient rules for utilities

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has unanimously passed new energy efficiency rules that will apply to electric and natural gas providers in Mississippi. According to a press release from Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, the new rules have an estimated $2 billion savings directly to customers over the next 20 years and create 9,500 new jobs by the ...

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CenterPoint customers to see increase in monthly bill

JACKSON — Rates are going up for CenterPoint’s natural gas customers in Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved a rate increase that will cost the average CenterPoint residential customer an additional $1.58 a month. The average small commercial customer will pay about $4 more per month. The increase goes into effect today, the company said. The regulatory body adjusts ...

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