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State to get more fees in lieu of taxes from TVA

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority expects to pay about $7 million more in fees in lieu of taxes to the state of Mississippi in fiscal year 2012 versus the past fiscal year. Federal government-owned corporations like TVA pay fees to states where they operate in lieu of state property taxes. TVA spokesman Mike Bradley tells the Starkville Daily ...

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Entergy announces changes

Gary Taylor, group president of utility operations at Entergy Corporation, will be retiring from the company May 31. Taylor will continue to lead utility operations with a transition period to his successor, who will be named at a later date. In addition, Robert (Bob) Sloan, executive vice president and general counsel, announced his decision to retire as general counsel. Replacing ...

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Some CenterPoint Energy customers to see reduced gas bills

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — CenterPoint Energy is decreasing the purchased gas adjustment (PGA) portion of Mississippi customers’ natural gas bills beginning this month. The adjustment will lower a Mississippi residential winter gas bill using 100 Ccf (hundred cubic feet) of natural gas by 19 percent. This means a bill that was $79.36 in January will be $64.29 this month. Actual bills ...

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Report: Optimism about the economy up 10 percent in fourth quarter

STARKVILLE — Mississippians’ optimism about the economy jumped 10 percent from the third to fourth quarter of 2011, according to the latest Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment featured in the current edition of “Economy Watch.” Based at Mississippi State University’s College of Business, “Economy Watch” is published in cooperation with BankPlus and Entergy. More than 500 telephone surveys conducted by ...

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Mild weather impacts TVA's sales, earnings

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Milder weather than last year in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s service region drove sales of electricity down 5 percent for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2011, compared with the same period last year, TVA said in its quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The lower-than-expected sales and resulting lower revenue is causing TVA to revisit ...

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Entergy Nuclear applying for license renewal for Grand Gulf

PORT GIBSON  — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has opened a public comment period on Grand Gulf Nuclear Station’s license to operate for another 20 years. The Vicksburg Post reports the NRC is in the middle of a 22-month review of the renewal application. Entergy Nuclear filed the application last November. That started a multistep process expected to culminate in September ...

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MDEQ decides against controversial ground water regulations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has decided against enforcing proposed amendments to state ground water regulations. “We held a public hearing about the proposed regulations and listened carefully to the concerns of those in attendance. We are not moving forward with the proposed regulations,” MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur in a statement. The new regulations had been opposed ...

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Nearly 100 water associations miss PSC's reporting deadline

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says 92 water associations in North Mississippi have failed to meet a Jan. 18 deadline for submitting a copy of their corporate by-laws to the PSC. Presley gave the 92 associations until Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. to submit by-laws or face subpoenas for records. Presley’s office has been collecting ...

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Construction mistakes halt TVA's nuclear reactor project

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Mistakes by construction workers at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar reactor project have idled about 1,000 workers temporarily for a safety talk. TVA ordered the unpaid safety work stoppage at the reactor project between Chattanooga and Knoxville in response to finding cables being erroneously removed from the plant’s operating Unit 1 reactor in December and discovering ...

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TVA's monthly fuel cost will drop in February

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s monthly fuel cost will drop between $2 and $4.50 in February billings for average residential customers due to mild weather. The Knoxville-based utility said for billing periods beginning Feb. 1, the total monthly fuel cost would decrease from the current 2.251 cents per kilowatt-hour to 1.996 cents per kilowatt-hour. That represents a 3.5 ...

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