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MDEQ reissues discharge permit for Kemper plant

State officials are affirming a permit that allows Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant to discharge water into a creek during high rainfall. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Permit Board voted unanimously Tuesday to reissue the permit with minor changes in how on-site sewage is treated and monitored. The vote comes after a Meridian man challenging the permit ...

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Kemper overrun reaches $81 million for second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY  As expected, Mississippi Power’s coal-gasification power plant has missed another deadline. The utility on Monday moved back the start-up of the commercial operation of the plant in Kemper County another month, till Oct. 31. Time delayed is cost accumulated. The latest postponement will add $43 million to the price tag on the plant, which originally was projected ...

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Auditor: All but $3.6M of $377M in Kemper refunds complete

All but $3.6 million of $377 million in rate refunds related to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County plant are back in the hands of customers, auditors say. The utility has complied with the refund order “in all material respects,” the Hattiesburg accounting firm of Topp McWhorther Harvey told members of the Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday. The remaining money ...

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Southern Co. chief calls Kemper plant ‘dual fuel investment’

By JACK WEATHERLY Tom Fanning, chief executive and chairman of the Southern Co., described in a teleconference with analysts last week Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County clean-coal power plant as “a dual fuel investment,” relying also on natural gas as needed. Fanning in the past has downplayed the long-term importance of natural gas despite having run the plant on it ...

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Mississippi Power adds $9 million to Kemper cost

Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $9 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost toward $6.8 billion. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. will absorb the cost, part of $2.5 billion it’s absorbing. Southern Co. will write off $38 million before taxes from its quarterly earnings, which will be announced Wednesday. ...

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PSC approves Mississippi Power rate cut

Associated Press Mississippi utility regulators are approving a settlement cutting rates for consumers but paying Mississippi Power Co. for part of its Kemper County power plant. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to approve a previously announced agreement between the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the Public Utilities Staff. A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours monthly, will ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas Blanton’s response to Bill Crawford column

Response to Bill Crawford column: July 19, 2015 (BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers) Misinformation is the worst kind. Mississippi Power used to be a beloved part of South Mississippi. However their corporate culture has transformed itself over the past few years. In the past it did not threaten its customers, subject its customers to ...

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Mississippi Power urges PSC for break on refunds

Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. is telling regulators that the company wants bill credits to be the default option when refunding the $350 million the company collected from customers for its Kemper County power plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., in a Tuesday filing with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, said it only wants to issue checks when customers ...

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ALAN TURNER: Kemper coal plant essentially complete

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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Fitch cuts Mississippi Power credit rating on Kemper issues

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings lowered its credit rating for Mississippi Power by one notch from A- to BBB+ Friday, saying there remain “elevated risks” of financial, regulatory and construction trouble at the $6.2 billion Kemper County power plant. The rating agency, which had warned of the action, said its outlook for Mississippi Power is still negative, raising the risk of ...

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