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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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'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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