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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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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op


Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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Mississippi Power announces solar projects

MBJ staff Mississippi Power plans to become the second major utility in the state to announce a solar project of limited scope, it said in a news release. It is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build two generating farms to produce approximately 53 megawatts,  enough  to power 7,800 homes, according to the utility’s Friday release. ...

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Regulators seek comment on rule to aid solar development

JACKSON — Though Mississippi has lagged in its use of solar energy, it may be starting to catch up. Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission voted to seek comments on a proposed rule that would mandate that utilities pay solar panel owners for power they generate. Also Tuesday, Entergy Mississippi held a groundbreaking for a commercial solar facility adjacent to ...

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UPDATED: Florida firm slapped with $1.3M No Call fine

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined a Florida company $1.3 million for 266 violations of the state’s No Call law. But with Global Financial Assist LLC having gone out of business, the fine may be more symbolic than actual. The fines come to $5,000 for each of the unauthorized calls the telemarketer made to Mississippi residents, said PSC ...

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Business groups file briefs in support of Kemper coal plant rehearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Three business-support groups have filed briefs with the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking for a rehearing of the case in which a rate increase for Mississippi Power Co. customers was reversed and a refund ordered. The Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council are seeking to get another review of the ...

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Republican Tyner drops out of central Mississippi PSC race

JACKSON — Attorney Mitch Tyner says he’s dropping out of the Public Service Commission race in central Mississippi, in the name of Republican unity. Tyner says Tuesday that he is supporting Tony Greer for the GOP nomination for the open seat. Greer is a Hinds County supervisor and former Clinton alderman. With Tyner’s departure, Greer faces Brent Bailey in the ...

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Judge tosses water association suit against state regulation

JACKSON — A federal judge has dismissed a suit that sought to stop the Mississippi Public Service Commission from regulating certain aspects of rural water associations and electric cooperatives. The Mississippi Rural Water Association sought to void a rule that requires a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with ...

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Florida firm cited on no-call rules, fined $25K

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators have ordered a Florida company named Active Periodicals to pay $25,000 for violating the state’s ban on unwanted telemarketing. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to impose the penalty against Active Periodicals, which is based in Deerfield Beach. It is the latest in a series of fines that the Public Service Commission has issued against companies ...

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