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Briggs payment under scrutiny

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power wants ratepayers to cover a $220,000-plus real estate commission paid to former Lt. Gov. Eddie Briggs for services related to the utility’s planned Kemper County coal plant. The Sierra Club says the three-member Public Service Commission — which will decide the question — has a huge conflict of interest. That’s because its only attorney is Briggs’ ...

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Comment deadline set for IGCC plant

JACKSON — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz requests anyone wanting to enter a writer public comment into the public record concerning Mississippi Power Co.’s proposed IGCC plant in Kemper County do so no later than 9 a.m. Feb. 5. Phase two of the official hearings for the IGCC plant will begin today at 9 a.m. in the Mississippi ...

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National gas forecast is flat

Mississippi Power Company provides internal forecasts to PSC, but out of public view After an attempt to keep updated natural gas price forecasts out of the upcoming Public Service Commission hearings regarding the proposed Kemper County plant, Mississippi Power Company has filed the data confidentially with the Commission. MPC has said high and volatile natural gas prices make the economic ...

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New plant would more than double Miss. Power’s assets

Mississippi Power Company’s Kemper County lignite coal plant is the largest proposed addition to any electric utility rate base in state history. Financing it would require customers to pre-pay some of the company’s costs through Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) in rate base, which would be a first for Mississippi. The proposed plant would more than double Mississippi Power Company’s ...

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If MPC wants to build coal plant, it should do so with private financing

In the grand scheme of things, it’s hard to be critical of a company that is trying to grow, create more jobs and make America more energy independent. Unfortunately, Mississippi Power Company (MPC) doesn’t have all of its ducks in a row in regard to building a $2.4-billion lignite coal plant in Kemper County at the ratepayers expense. Mississippi Power ...

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Barbour: Energy is lifeblood of the world economy

At a Mississippi Energy Policy Institute (MEPI) meeting today in Jackson, Gov. Haley Barbour discussed ways Mississippi can be a national leader in energy innovation. “Energy is the lifeblood of the world’s economy,” Barbour said. His goal for Mississippi is abundant, affordable energy. “We’re going to be in the energy game any way we can get in it,” he said. ...

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MPC keeps natural gas projections 'confidential' and away from the public

After an attempt to keep updated natural gas price forecasts out of the upcoming Public Service Commission hearings regarding the proposed Kemper County coal plant, Mississippi Power Company filed the data confidentially with the Commission. In a November motion MPC said that the Commission’s request for additional natural gas price forecasts for the February resource hearings was vague and unnecessary ...

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Miss. Power says PSC request for natural gas forecasts unnecessary

Mississippi Power Company said it believes the Public Service Commission’s request for additional natural gas price forecasts for an upcoming power plant hearing is vague and unnecessary. The second round of hearings regarding Mississippi Power’s proposed Kemper County lignite coal plant will begin in February. The Public Utilities Staff filed a motion supporting Mississippi Power’s position on the additional data ...

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Which is it?

Mississippi Power wants to use coal while other energy providers move to gas   Mississippi Power Company wants to build a $2.2-billion lignite coal plant in Kemper County to fill an energy generation need because a dependence on pricey, volatile natural gas would be too expensive for rate payers. Yet the chief financial officer of Mississippi Power’s parent, Southern Company, ...

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Coal plant passes its first test

PSC will continue a second phase of hearings in February   The state Public Service Commission (PSC) decided in a Nov. 9 vote that Mississippi Power Company has demonstrated a need for more electrical generation by 2014. The PSC will continue a second phase of hearings Feb. 1, 2010, to consider the solution to the need, for which Mississippi Power ...

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