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Kemper coal plant costs surge again

The Kemper coal plant’s Independent Monitors’ Report for the period through the end of May shows the project has crept closer to the $2.88 billion cap the Public Service Commission imposed on it. Monitors, hired by the Commission to oversee construction, now estimate that the cost to build the lignite coal-fired generation facility will reach $2.822 billion. It’s the second ...

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PSC votes 2-1 to reissue Kemper certificate

In what amounted to a procedural meeting, the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 last week to reissue the certificate of public convenience and necessity for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley was the lone dissenting vote. The order granting the certificate is a lot like the 2010 order. There’s a preliminary cost cap ...

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Kemper deadline met, PSC mull proposed orders

Last Monday was the deadline for parties to submit proposed final orders related to Mississippi Power Company’s lignite coal-fired generation plant in Kemper County. Joining longtime adversaries MPC and the Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club was Florida-based Entegra Power Group, which markets electric power from natural gas-fueled plants to wholesale customers. In their submissions, each entity offers its preferred ...

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(UPDATED) PSC wants proposals from MPC, Sierra Club on Kemper plant

>> SEE UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY MORNING …. KEMPER COUNTY — State utility regulators have asked Mississippi Power Co. and the Sierra Club to submit proposals on how to proceed with the Kemper County coal-fired power plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled March 15 that the Public Service Commission failed to lay out its reasoning clearly when it changed the ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Rate increase of 11.35 percent just the beginning in regard to Kemper

It was only a matter of time before Mississippi Power Company started raising the rates on its customers to pay for the $2.88 billion Kemper County coal plant. So, last week MPC filed documents with state regulators — the Public Service Commission — for a requested rate increase of 11.35 percent. The Commission has the ability to deny MPC’s request. ...

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Supreme court will hear Kemper Coal Plant arguments

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Sierra Club challenging the state Public Service Commission’s approval of the project in Kemper County by Mississippi Power Co. Mississippi Power has started construction of the $2.4 billion coal plant. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14. The suit was filed and heard in Harrison County Chancery Court. Judge Jim Persons ...

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Biomass experts realize fossil fuels still king of the hill

Biomass advocates agree that the United States will continue to depend on fossil fuels for bulk power but would like to see those fuels to be further offset and supplemented by alternate sources of energy. It was with that premise that the Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council held its 10th-annual conference at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage casino where it celebrated ...

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MBJ Editorial: State needs consumer advocate at Public Utilities Staff

The Mississippi Public Utilities Staff is in need of a new director. Executive Director Bobby Waites has announced he is retiring June 30. He has served as director since 1996. The Public Utilities Staff is the advisory body to the Public Service Commission, which regulates electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications utilities in Mississippi. Reorganized by the Legislature in 1990, ...

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Charitable contributions law passes

This month the Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously ruled from the bench that utilities can no longer use their customers’ money to donate to charities. “They can, however, allow customers to donate money on a voluntary basis through a check box on their bills. No longer will they be able to raise power or gas bills to give money to ...

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