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'Clean' coal plant receives first level of approval

JACKSON — Mississippi Power Co. has received the first level of regulatory approval in its effort to build a new coal-powered generating plant in the east-central part of the state. The three-member state Public Service Commission ruled Monday that the company has demonstrated a need to increase its capacity to generate electricity. The ruling came a month after the PSC ...

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Political cheerleading heard at public hearing

Actual concerns voiced centered on costs, ecological impact and reliability of new technology Comments at the Public Service Commission’s Oct. 9 public forum on the proposed Kemper County clean coal plant were supposed to focus on clarifying the need for the plant. Instead, the two-hour meeting at the Woolfolk State Office Building in Jackson served mainly as a political cheerleading ...

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The Kemper County Project

Mississippi Power’s parent company Southern Company, along with its partner, has developed Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG) technology, which uses low-rank coals, such as the lignite in Kemper County. Low-rank coals have less energy per pound but account for half of worldwide reserves. Penny Burbank, of the Gulf Coast community activist group the Steps Coalition, said at the forum that although ...

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Harper backing IGCC plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Last week, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) wrapped up hearings about the controversial integrated gasification combine cycle plant Mississippi Power is proposing to build in Kemper County. It has found at least one backer of note. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) came out in support of the plant at the conclusion of the five-day MPSC hearings. “America ...

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Power plant hearings continuing

JACKSON — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz announced that the first phase of the official hearings that clarify the need for Mississippi Power’s proposed integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant in Kemper County will continue through this week. The public will have an opportunity to voice ideas, thoughts and concerns Friday. “We are evaluating the present and ...

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SMEPA eyeing IGCC plant in Kemper County

GULFPORT — South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) has signed a letter of intent to explore the acquisition of an interest in Mississippi Power’s proposed Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Project. The companies are negotiating a combination of a joint ownership arrangement and a purchase power agreement, which would provide SMEPA with up to 20 percent of the ...

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Mississippi Power Company plans coal-burning plant near Meridian

GULFPORT — Mississippi and the state’s elected officials are intent on becoming an integral part of finding alternative fuels and decreasing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. That dream again came into focus with the recent announcement by Mississippi Power Company of plans to build a clean-burning coal facility in East Mississippi. Federal legislation spearheaded by the state’s congressional delegation ...

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