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Southern Co. absorbs $2.8 billion on Kemper plant

Associated Press Mississippi Power customers won’t be paying for the gasification portion of the Kemper County power plant. Customers are only paying for the energy they’ve been receiving from the natural gas portion of the plant. Atlanta-based Southern Co. on Wednesday announced it would absorb an additional $2.8 billion in losses from the Kemper County power plant’s lignite coal operation — bringing ...

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PSC starts clock ticking on resolution of Mississippi Power case

  By JACK WEATHERLY The latest chapter in the saga of Mississippi Power Co.’s troubled 582-megawatt “clean coal” power plant in Kemper County started Thursday. “The clock starts ticking today,” Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley said of the order laying out what the PSC says are Mississippi Power’s options. The plant, construction of which began in 2010, was initially ...

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Mississippi Power suspending Kemper coal operation pending PSC showdown

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power Co. and its parent, the Southern Co., issued a statement Wednesday saying that the coal-gasification operations at the Kemper County power plant will be suspended and natural-gas operations would continue. The statement came as a Mississippi Public Service Commission hearing approaches on Thursday, July 6, to determine the future of the project that is years behind ...

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PSC to Mississippi Power: enough is enough on Kemper

By JACK WEATHERLY Years of construction delays and huge cost overruns at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County clean-coal gasification plant have reached the breaking point, as far as state regulators are concerned. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to issue an order on July 6 giving the utility 45 days to comply with the order that would allow ...

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Regulators seek more utility work for Mississippi companies

Mississippi regulators want utilities to do more to hire companies based in the state, proposing an administrative rule that would require regulated private utilities to keep lists of interested companies and notify them of contracting opportunities. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to seek public comment on the “Hire Mississippi” rule. Though it would encourage utilities to consider Mississippi ...

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Mississippi Power rates fall as Katrina repair bonds repaid

Mississippi Power Co. customers will see rates fall by $3.45 a month starting with bills sent out in late February. Regulators voted Tuesday to abolish a flat monthly charge after it paid off $121 million in government bonds. The borrowing helped pay to rebuild the company’s electrical system after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of ...

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Regulators delay vote on Mississippi Power coal ash plan

Mississippi utility regulators aren’t quite ready to vote on an $82 million plan for Mississippi Power Co. to close coal ash disposal areas in Gulfport. The Public Service Commission Tuesday delayed action on the plan until at least Dec. 15, questioning whether rules might change under incoming President Donald Trump. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., says it’s ...

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Report warns of possible tax subsidy for Kemper plant

A report released Tuesday warns Congress against tax changes that could subsidize Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant by an additional $700 million to $4.5 billion. Environmental group Friends of the Earth and anti-subsidy group Taxpayers for Common Sense say members of Congress could try to enact changes before year’s end as part of a larger tax bill. Lukas ...

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SAVING HOUSE MONEY — Energy programs provide ‘moral high ground to dance on’

By BECKY GILLETTE Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi has reduced its exterior lighting energy use by 80 percent by switching 563 fixtures to LED lights. That represents dropping from 866,589 kilowatt-hours per year to only 176,281 kilowatt hours per year of usage. The Palace also replaced interior lighting with LED, light emitting diode bulbs. Not only is the Palace Casino doing ...

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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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