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Kemper plant succeeds in producing gas from lignite

Mississippi Power Co.'s power plant nearing completion in Kemper County burned off the initial production of synthetic gas last week.                             

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power has started producing synthetic gas using lignite at the Kemper County energy facility, the long-overdue and cost-overrun plagued project. “This is a major achievement for the Kemper project, and I am very proud of everyone who has worked safely and tirelessly to overcome challenges and reach this important point,” Mississippi Power President and Chief Executive Anthony ...

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Mississippi Power: SEC investigating Kemper project

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

The federal agency tasked with protecting investors has opened an investigation into the estimated costs and schedule of Mississippi Power Co.’s overrun-plagued $6.7 billion Kemper County power plant being built in Mississippi. In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said it believes the inquiry is focused primarily on “periods subsequent to ...

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Kemper moving toward coal startup

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant has no major regulatory hurdles to clear till it says it is ready to start producing electricity at its first-of-its-kind plant. That observation was one of several made Monday at Stennis Institute luncheon at the Capital Club in downtown Jackson by Cecil Brown, who represents the central district of the ...

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Congress could send more cash to Kemper plant in budget deal

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

JACKSON — A massive federal spending bill could channel tens of millions more to Mississippi Power Co. to aid construction of its $6.5 billion power plant in Kemper County. The language, engineered by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., could ultimately hold down rates that the company’s 186,000 customers will have to pay. Up to $160 million is available from projects ...

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Natural gas rates keep falling; Entergy lowers rates

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JACKSON — Only months after Entergy Mississippi customers got a break on electricity bills because of falling natural gas prices, they’re likely to get another. Pending approval by the Public Service Commission, the unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. expects to collect $75 million less in 2016 to pay for natural gas. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity ...

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Analysis: New PSC member Brown could be swing vote on Kemper

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

Marked for death by Republicans, Democrat Cecil Brown may end up playing a critical role when he takes up his new post as public service commissioner representing the Central District. Four years ago, the Democrat was dethroned from his perch as chairman of the House Education Committee and bumped off the House Appropriations Committee by the incoming GOP majority. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Despite speculation, funding for Kemper plant likely

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

As the current membership of the Mississippi Public Service Commission nears a decision on the initial rate hike requested by Mississippi Power Company for its Kemper power plant, speculation runs rampant on what the new membership will do on next year’s full funding request.    Speculation spiked last week when Moody’s downgraded the company’s credit rating and, prematurely, cited the ...

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Miss. Power agrees to charge less for part of Kemper plant

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

JACKSON — Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will accept a smaller rate increase for part of the $6.4 billion Kemper County power plant it’s building. The Public Utilities Staff announced it has reached an agreement with the company to cut the increase to 15 percent. For a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month, rates would fall ...

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Kemper power plant overruns climb another $25 million

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

JACKSON — Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will spend at least another $25 million to finish the power plant it’s building in Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.3 billion. Jeff Shepard, a spokesman for the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., said the money will pay for further “startup and commissioning activities, as well as operational readiness.” Mississippi ...

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Moody’s cuts Mississippi Power rating despite rate increase

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

JACKSON — An emergency rate increase granted by regulators was not enough to keep a bond rating agency from downgrading Mississippi Power Co.’s debt. Moody’s Investors Service cut the debt rating FRIDAY on the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. by a notch to Baa2. The agency still rates Mississippi Power’s bonds as investment grade, but that’s the second-lowest investment grade ...

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