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Siegfried named president, CEO of Southern Pine Electri

Southern Pine Electric has named Jason S. Siegfried as president and chief executive officer. Siegfried replaces Donald L. Jordan, who retired May 1. He becomes the fifth CEO in Southern Pine Electric’s nearly 80 years of operation. Siegfried has more than 15 years of experience with the cooperative working in engineering, operations, economic development and rate-making. The last five years ...

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Power co-op gets bond rating upgrade after exiting Kemper deal

Cooperative Energy and its 11 co-op members will see lower debt costs on $35.4 million bond   By TED CARTER Bailing out of its 15 percent ownership stake in Mississippi Power’s Kemper gasification plant has helped Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy gain a ratings upgrade on a $35.4 million bond issue. The electric power co-op, which changed its name to Cooperative Energy from ...

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Hattiesburg shines with massive new solar farms and jobs growth

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today The greater Hattiesburg area is quickly becoming a solar hub of the state and region with two, $100-million solar farms covering 1,000 acres current under construction that are expected to come online producing 100 megawatts of electricity by the summer of 2017, said Chad E. Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership (ADP). ...

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Lamar supervisors move forward with energy plans

Lamar County supervisors are moving forward with plans for energy savings in county buildings. The Hattiesburg American reports supervisors voted 5-0 this week to ask Schneider Electric to draw up some concrete figures on how much money might be saved by upgrading aging heating, ventilation and air systems at Gamble Chancery Court, the Law Enforcement Center and Central Office Complex ...

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Forrest Health’s CleanEarth solves medical waste disposal needs

By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today HATTIESBURG — Prior to 2000, most hospitals in the U.S. had medical waste incinerators, often on site. That included Forrest General Hospital. Then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that all hospital incinerators in the U.S. had to either be shut down or be upgraded — something that could cost millions of dollars — by September ...

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Hattiesburg council considers code changes for solar farm

Decisions by the Hattiesburg City Council could mean a multimillion-dollar economic development impact over the next few years. The Hattiesburg American reports the council is being asked to not only approve the parameters that would create a planned solar farm, but also for any similar “green energy” projects in the future. Council also is also being asked to transfer documents ...

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