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Regulators order end to Kemper rate increase, plan refunds

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.

JACKSON — Regulators on Tuesday ordered Mississippi Power Co. to lower rates later this month and plan for customer refunds by November. In issuing the order, the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to comply with a state Supreme Court order that found illegal a 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. must roll ...

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Mississippi, other states score victory in challenge to EPA rule

The Supreme Court said the Environmental Protection Agency needs to weigh the economic impact of proposed regulations on power companies and their customers. (Matt Brown / Associated Press)

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi is one of 23 states that succeeded in convincing the U.S. Supreme Court that cost of compliance — estimated at $9.6 billion a year — for coal-fired power plants should have been considered by the Environmental Protection Agency in imposing limits on mercury and other air toxins under the Clean Air Act. While the 5-4 decision ...

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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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Suit against Kemper employee Brett Wingo is dismissed

Jack Weatherly A case involving a key manager at Mississippi Power Co’.s Kemper County clean-coal plant who had been taken to court in Birmingham by the utility’s parent has been dismissed. To keep Brett J. Wingo from going public with information about the plant — which the company said would do it great harm — the Southern Co. succeeded in ...

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Barbour-Swoope team played .500 ball, at best

Thank heavens there is still a bright line between a news story and a column. Neither is better than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. A news story is supposed to be factual. Hence, it carries the mantle of credibility, which should never drop to the ground, like the American flag. Play fast and loose with the facts, ...

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Mississippi Power, regulators, ask Kemper decision rehearing

JACKSON — The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state’s highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company’s Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the regulatory body argued the high court’s 5-4 decision misreads ...

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DAVID DALLAS — The Dirt on Kemper Coal II: Lord Barbour Strikes Back

When the facts are piling up against you, change the subject. That is former Governor Haley Barbour’s new, painfully obvious strategy as he continues to lobby for Southern Company and its bottomless money pit, the Kemper County Coal Plant. Last week, Barbour compared the cost overruns and delays of the Kemper Plant to the construction of our Grand Gulf Nuclear ...

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DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission Chairman Lynn Posey of Union, ...

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Kemper power plant overruns climb another $45 million

JACKSON — Southern Co. said it will spend at least another $45 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.2 billion. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said the additional money will pay for further construction costs and fuel during plant startup. Mississippi Power said it, and not ...

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Ihrig elevated to VP of corporate communications at Southern Co.

ATLANTA — Southern Company has made two changes to the company’s executive management team. Bryan D. Anderson, vice president of governmental affairs for Southern Company, has been elevated to senior vice president of governmental affairs. In this role, Anderson will continue managing Southern Company’s Washington, D.C., office and directing the company’s political, policy and regulatory activities. His new role takes effect ...

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