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Enerkem raises $60 million for Pontotoc plant

From staff reports CHICAGO — Enerkem Inc., a leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company based in Canada, announced today an additional $60 million in financing for its Pontotoc, Mississippi plant, on which the company expects to break ground later this year. The plant will be located within the Three Rivers Landfill and convert trash to methanol […] [...]

Breaking: PSC eases Kemper restrictions

See related video. Today the Mississippi Public Service Commission passed another conditional approval of Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant, relaxing the financial restrictions imposed in its April order. (Read order.) The Commission raised the plant cost cap from $2.4 billion to $2.88 billion. The Commission also agreed to allow the […] [...]

Commissioners: Law allowing utility to hide rate impact unfair

Two out of the three Mississippi Public Service Commissioners think a law that has allowed Mississippi Power Company to hide the rate impacts of its proposed $2.4 billion power plant is wrong. By law, a utility is allowed to file with the Commission any information it wants to keep confidential. To uncover the information, a […] [...]

Mississippi Power’s Kemper decision deadline extended

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted last week to give Mississippi Power Company an extension on its deadline to accept the Commission’s conditions for the proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. Public Service Commissioners Leonard Bentz, Lynn Posey and Brandon Presley voted unanimously to extend the deadline to May 26. The Commission’s April […] [...]

Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC’s) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean […] [...]

Kemper Update: Mississippi Power files for rehearing

Mississippi Power Company has asked the state Public Service Commission for a rehearing regarding its proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The Commission gave conditional approval of the plant on April 29. The Commission said the project was too risky for ratepayers, but MPC could get the green light for Kemper by submitting […] [...]

PSC members: Politics played no part in Kemper plant decision

Baseload generation and the virtues of clean coal were not the only players on the roster as the Mississippi Public Service Commission weighed Mississippi Power Co.’s request to build a $2.4-billion coal-fired plant in Kemper County. The political tug-of-war between economic development interests and ratepayer protection got a lot of playing time, too. Commissioners voted […] [...]

U.S. Energy Secretary Wants Kemper Approval

The Energy Daily reports today that U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu hopes the Mississippi Public Service Commission and Southern Company can strike a compromise on a proposed $2.4 billion clean coal plant to be built in Kemper County. The Mississippi Commission voted April 29 to allow the plant to go forward if Mississippi Power Company […] [...]

BGR website has changed since MBJ Barbour/Kemper story was published

Note: See The New Republic’s corresponding story. Gov. Haley Barbour’s former lobbying firm, BGR Group, has changed its website since the Mississippi Business Journal published the story “Barbour’s Kemper Connection” on April 25 noting Barbour’s frequent praise of the proposed Kemper County clean coal project. The state Public Service Commission voted for a conditional approval […] [...]

Kemper Coal Plant — Are Commission conditions too much for Miss. Power?

Mississippi Power Company is taking a careful look at whether to build a $2.4 billion clean coal plant in Kemper County. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted April 29 to approve the plant – but with several conditions MPC says “seem to make it impossible” to finance or construct. Commissioners Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey […] [...]

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