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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

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.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power plant Mississippi Power Co. is ...

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There’s nothing simple about PDDs

Leonard Bentz has been in the headlines of late after it was announced he is leaving the Mississippi Public Service Commission to head up the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, one of the 10 planning and development districts (PDDs) in Mississippi. So, what exactly is a PDD? Turns out, there is no simple answer. “There are a few things all ...

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No timetable for replacing Leonard Bentz

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz had not, as of Tuesday, sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter noticing his resignation from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It’s a matter of time before he does, Bentz said. Bentz was hired last week as the new executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, a publicly funded, regional economic ...

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UPDATE: Leonard Bentz leaves post at Public Service Commission

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz leaned into a radio reporter’s microphone Tuesday morning in his office, and sang the first few bars of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” It wasn’t bad. For Bentz, it must have felt awfully good, even though he said the appearance of shedding years of coal plant-related stress was “just a show.” Bentz had just ...

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Bentz leaving PSC to head South Mississippi Planning and Development District

JACKSON  — Leonard Bentz is leaving the state Public Service Commission to become executive of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The board of the 15-county planning district voted yesterday to hire the Republican Bentz, paying him $150,000 a year. Bentz, who made $78,000 per year representing the PSC’s Southern District, was chosen from among five finalists. He will ...

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Bentz among finalist to lead SMPDD; board to meet tomorrow

GULFPORT — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz is among five finalists for the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District’s executive director job. An official with the group told The Sun Herald yesterday the group’s board of directors meets tomorrow in Gulfport to discuss the vacancy and Bentz is among the five being considering. Bentz didn’t respond to the ...

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PSC’s Mississippi Power probe continues as regulators mull next move

An abrupt leadership change at Mississippi Power Co. spurred by the former president’s stonewalling the Mississippi Public Service Commission has regulators plotting their next steps. Southern Co.’s board of directors voted Monday to name G. Edison “Ed” Holland the utility’s new president. Holland replaces Ed Day, who was named president in 2010. Day has spent a total of 30 years ...

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Mississippi Power appeals rate hike denial

A few hours after a second overrun for its Kemper County coal plant was revealed, Mississippi Power Co. said last week it was appealing the Public Service Commission’s denial of a rate increase the company had requested to help pay for the facility. The company appealed the PSC’s order to the Mississippi Supreme Court. On June 22, commissioners voted 3-0 ...

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