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Kemper power plant goes online burning natural gas

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. announced yesterday that it has put three power generating turbines into commercial operation burning natural gas piped to the east Mississippi plant. It comes even as Mississippi Power completes the permanent fuel source, a ...

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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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PSC wants to hear from utilities about proposed EPA regulations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi’s power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a nationwide effort, proposed in June that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower in the ...

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EPA wants deep cut in state's carbon emissions from power plants

WASHINGTON — The federal government is proposing that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states today as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. Mississippi’s 2012 carbon emission rate was 1,130 pounds per megawatt ...

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Fitch Ratings taking no action due to Kemper plant delay

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. On April 28, Mississippi Power announced another revision on the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC and a further increase in the construction costs. Further cost increases and/or schedule extensions cannot be ...

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Kemper County power plant hearing postponed

The question of who should foot the bill for a new and controversial power plant is on hold. Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. The Mississippi Public Service Commission yesterday delayed prudency hearings from May 19 until at least August. Those hearings ...

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Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data

KEMPER COUNTY — A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release information sought by the Bigger Pie Forum, while withholding other information about the $5 billion complex that ...

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Kemper plant costs revised upward again

The cost of Mississippi Power’s controversial plant being built in Kemper County is rising again. The Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $177 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.2 billion The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said yesterday that poor weather, unexpected turnover ...

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Southern Co.: Kemper plant construction cost could grow by $40M

KEMPER COUNTY — The Southern Co. says it may cost another $40 million to finish the $5-billion-plus power plant and mine it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said yesterday that it would set aside money in the plant’s budget to cover possible start-up problems. Critics have warned the technology, which turns soft ...

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