Posts Tagged ‘Kemper County’

Kemper County plant’s costs continue to rise; completion delayed again

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. said yesterday that it will cost at least another $59 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.6 billion. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. also announced that the work on the parts of the plant that will […] [...]

PSC delays Kemper power plant hearing; Blanton files motion

JACKSON  — The Mississippi Public Service Commission today delayed hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. has spent prudently in building the $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant. Prudency hearings are a key step in the company collecting from its 186,000 ratepayers to pay for the plant, even though rates have already risen 18 percent. The […] [...]

Alabama Power closing two coal units, blames federal regulations

Alabama Power Co. says federal regulations are forcing it to close two coal-fired units at its Walker County power plant and to cease using coal at others, according to a story from the Birmingham Business Journal. The Birmingham-based utility said it will close two coal-fired units at Plant Gorgas in Walker County and work toward […] [...]

Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Workers at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility successfully reached two major testing milestones: testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. The successful completion of the tests is an indication of continued progress on putting both pieces of equipment into service. Recent testing of the combined cycle […] [...]

EPA wants deep cut in state’s carbon emissions from power plants

WASHINGTON — The federal government is proposing that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states today as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. Mississippi’s 2012 carbon emission rate […] [...]

Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data

KEMPER COUNTY — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about […] [...]

Mississippi Power to account for repayment if Kemper plant construction runs long

KEMPER COUNTY — If Mississippi Power Co. misses a May deadline to complete construction of a $4.3-billion power plant in Kemper County, it will be forced to repay $133 million in federal tax credits. However, the company says that because of accounting rules, it wouldn’t write the amount off from profit and wouldn’t add it […] [...]

SBA disaster assistance available due to rain, flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of excessive rain and flooding beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The disaster declaration […] [...]

JobKeeper accuses Bigger Pie of using public money to oppose Kemper

KEMPER COUNTY — A group opposing Mississippi Power’s $4.7 billion power plant under construction in Kemper County finds itself on the defensive. » READ MORE: No public money funding Bigger Pie, organization claims … JobKeeper Alliance, a union-linked group based in Montgomery, Ala., claims the nonprofit Bigger Pie Forum is using public money held by the […] [...]

Southern Co. faces questions in Georgia related to Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — A decision to absorb losses on an over-budget power plant in Mississippi may haunt Southern Co. now that it wants regulators to raise its budget for a costly nuclear power plant in Georgia. Southern Co. executives fielded hostile questions today during their first testimony before utility regulators since announcing the firm could […] [...]

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