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Calculation of electric bills won’t change

PSC voted against changing process of adjusting bills based on fuel cost estimates The Mississippi Public Service Commission has voted not to change the process of adjusting customer electric bills based on estimates of fuel costs. Mississippi uses a method that is used in other states for setting customer rates in advance based on the estimated costs of fuel. The ...

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Power company helps low-income customers

    Eleven years ago, Entergy Mississippi decided to do something to help the 25 percent of its customers living in poverty. With direct and indirect assistance programs and partnerships with low-income advocacy groups, the utility company that serves 435,000 customers in 45 Mississippi counties set about making a difference.    The utility’s efforts have been recognized with a Corporate ...

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Sharing program helps those in need

Customers have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars through MSPC and Coast Electric programs   Customers of Mississippi Power Company (MSPC) have an option on their monthly bill of making a contribution to Project Share, an Project Share that provides emergency utility bill assistance for people who are handicapped andor over the age of 62 with a low income. Coast Electric Cooperative ...

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SMEPA to buy stake in plant

Hattiesburg-based power association serves more than 400,000 customers   South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) announced June 30 that it would buy a 17.5 percent stake in Mississippi Power Company’s clean coal power plant to be built in Kemper County. The Hattiesburg-based power association is made up of 11 member distribution cooperatives  and cumulatively serves 406,000 customers. SMEPA customers, along ...

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Mississippi Power will build $2.4B Kemper plant

Update — June 3 — On June 3 the Mississippi Public Service Commission formally gave Mississippi Power Company the green light to build its $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant, granting it a certificate of public convenience and necessity. The company agreed to conditions outlined in the Commission’s May 26 order that placed financial restrictions on the plant. Original ...

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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 company to put CWIP in ...

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EXPERT: KEMPER TECHNOLOGY COULD BE TESTING GROUND FOR CHINA PLANT

In addition to the proposed Kemper County clean coal facility, MPC parent Southern Co. plans to build a transport integrated gasification (TRIG) facility in Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Guangdong province. In Sept. 2009, Beijing Guoneng Yinghui Clean Energy Engineering Co., Ltd., awarded Houston-based KBR a contract to provide licensing, engineering services and proprietary equipment for the implementation of ...

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CO2 capture could boost Kemper County power costs

One of the main features of the proposed Kemper County clean coal facility are plans to capture and store as much as 67 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions, making it most likely the first integrated gasification combined cycle electric generating plants in the country with that capability. The captured CO2 would then be sold for use in enhanced oil ...

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Commissioners: Law allowing utility to hide rate impacts is 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 unfair. Under state law, a utility is allowed to designate as confidential any information it wants to keep out of the public view.  To uncover the information, a third party ...

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A final vote is near

Mississippi Power won’t unveil how much of an increase plant would mean to ratepayers The Mississippi Public Service Commission is set to vote Wednesday on Mississippi Power Company’s request for a reconsideration on its $2.4-billion proposed Kemper County clean coal plant. MPC has said that restrictions imposed by the Commission in a recent order — including a $2.4-billion price cap ...

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