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Sierra Club: Poll shows customer opposition to rate hikes via Kemper coal plant

The Sierra Club was supposed to release last Thursday the results of a poll meant to gauge Mississippi Power Co. ratepayers’ attitudes toward the Kemper County coal plant. The environmental group delayed the results because of a hearing in which the Mississippi Public Service Commission reached a rate case settlement with the utility. >> Read the rest of the story ...

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Analyst disputes claim that Kemper plant is 70 percent completed

A week after Mississippi Power Co. said its Kemper County coal plant was 70 percent complete, a report by an energy analyst commissioned by the Sierra Club disputed that claim. David Schlissel, an analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in a report commissioned by longtime Kemper opponent the Sierra Club, said the company’s independent monitor reports ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration system ...

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Mississippi Power appeals rate hike denial

A few hours after a second overrun for its Kemper County coal plant was revealed, Mississippi Power Co. said last week it was appealing the Public Service Commission’s denial of a rate increase the company had requested to help pay for the facility. The company appealed the PSC’s order to the Mississippi Supreme Court. On June 22, commissioners voted 3-0 ...

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Independent monitor: Kemper contingency 91 percent gone

Included in the April 24 order granting a new certificate of public convenience and necessity for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant was a portion of the March report from the project’s independent monitors. The report, which monitors file monthly, said that 91 percent of the company’s contingency has been allocated, with the project 26 percent complete. Included in ...

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Sierra Club still against MPC Kemper coal plant

The Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club is already planning its next challenge to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. Public service commissioners voted 2-1 last week to reissue the plant’s certificate of public convenience and necessity. Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley was the dissenting vote. Last week’s action became necessary March 15, when the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled ...

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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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Read April 30 issue of the MBJ

>> KEMPER COUNTY COAL PLANT HEARING Public Service Commission votes 2-1 to reissue Kemper certificate— By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> SIERRA CLUB PREPARES ITS LATEST KEMPER CHALLENGE Calls facility an expensive, unnecessary environmental hazard— By Clay Chandler >> STUDY: STATE LAGS IN ASSESSING VALUE OF TAX INCENTIVES Many have no policy requiring evaluations of incentives, Pew ...

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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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Supreme Court decision possible setback for Kemper County coal plant

JACKSON- In a 9-0 decision March 15, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s decision to issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Mississippi Power Company to build a coal-fired generation plant in Kemper County was not based on “substantial evidence presented,” as required by law. The decision was in response to a challenge to ...

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