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ALAN TURNER: Kemper coal plant essentially complete

View of plant facing west at sunset.

We had an opportunity recently to visit with Lee Youngblood, who handles communications for Mississippi Power Co., and learned that the Kemper facility is essentially complete and ready for final testing and certification. “Once that’s done, we expect to see the facility up and running and doing what it’s supposed to do, by early 2016,” he said. Earlier in his ...

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Alabama Power closing two coal units, blames federal regulations

Alabama Power Co. says federal regulations are forcing it to close two coal-fired units at its Walker County power plant and to cease using coal at others, according to a story from the Birmingham Business Journal. The Birmingham-based utility said it will close two coal-fired units at Plant Gorgas in Walker County and work toward eliminating the use of coal ...

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Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Workers at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility successfully reached two major testing milestones: testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. The successful completion of the tests is an indication of continued progress on putting both pieces of equipment into service. Recent testing of the combined cycle included successfully running the unit ...

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Mississippi Power asks for rate hike to meet fuel costs

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power Co. says it needs to charge more in 2014 for fuel as part of its yearly rate evaluation. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., in a filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, says it wants to raise rates by 3.35 percent. For residential customers, bills would go up 2.66 percent per month, the company says. ...

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Council gives state high marks for energy-efficiency policies

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is the most improved state in the nation for energy-saving policies, a ratings group says. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy lauded the state yesterday for efforts in the last year that included lawmakers passing a new energy code for buildings and the Public Service Commission passing requirements for electric and gas utilities to offer ...

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Fitch takes no action after Kemper plant cost, schedule changes

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. Last week, Mississippi Power Company (Mississippi Power) announced a revision in the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC. The operational date is delayed to the fourth quarter of 2014, from May 2014, ...

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Mississippi Power CEO talks about rate hike for Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co. CEO Ed Holland has told a Mississippi newspaper that if a 22 percent rate hike is approved to pay for its Kemper County power plant, the company won’t try to hit up customers for more. Holland told The Clarion Ledger in a meeting yesterday that shareholders will eat hundreds of millions in cost overruns ...

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Lignite looking more like the wrong horse to have bet on

While the world has been championing natural gas as the savior of the energy crisis, Mississippi Power has insisted that gas prices will be high and volatile — reminiscent of 2009 — for years to come. The 2011 Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that natural gas prices will stay around $5 per million Btu through ...

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‘About a third’ is really closer to about a half

Despite claims by Mississippi Power Company, Kemper plant could raise ratepayer rates by more than 45%   By its first full year of service in 2014, Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4-billion Kemper County IGCC power plant is expected to raise residential customer rates by more than 45 percent, according to a confidential document released to the Mississippi Business Journal. That number ...

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