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Bentz: The whole Kemper story is not getting told

For better or worse, the economic future for the next 40 years in southeastern Mississippi will be greatly impacted by the decision of Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz is one of three members of the state Public Service Commission, which voted April 29 to conditionally approve Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC’s) $2.4-billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The company (then) ...

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Kemper Update: Mississippi Power files for rehearing

Mississippi Power Company has asked the state Public Service Commission for a rehearing regarding its proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. The Commission gave conditional approval of the plant on April 29. The Commission said the project was too risky for ratepayers, but MPC could get the green light for Kemper by submitting to a $2.4 billion cost ...

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PSC members: Politics played no part in Kemper plant decision

Baseload generation and the virtues of clean coal were not the only players on the roster as the Mississippi Public Service Commission weighed Mississippi Power Co.’s request to build a $2.4-billion coal-fired plant in Kemper County. The political tug-of-war between economic development interests and ratepayer protection got a lot of playing time, too. Commissioners voted 2-1 to conditionally approve MPC’s ...

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U.S. Energy Secretary Wants Kemper Approval

The Energy Daily reports today that U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu hopes the Mississippi Public Service Commission and Southern Company can strike a compromise on a proposed $2.4 billion clean coal plant to be built in Kemper County. The Mississippi Commission voted April 29 to allow the plant to go forward if Mississippi Power Company (a division of Southern Company) ...

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Entergy passes fuel purchasing exam

Entergy Mississippi’s energy purchasing practices are above-board and guarantee to lowest costs to rate payers, said a consultant hired by the Mississippi Public Service Commission at a March 30 meeting. Commissioners Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey hired Colorado-based McFadden Consulting Group, which has audited more than 40 utilities nationwide, to perform the exam of Entergy. McFadden’s fee was $154,000. Commissioner ...

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