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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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Whether CWIP constitutes a tax takes up most of Kemper hearing in front of Supreme Court

Most of last Monday’s hour-long Kemper coal plant hearing at the Mississippi Supreme Court centered on two questions: If the Mississippi Public Service Commission allows Mississippi Power Co. to charge its ratepayers for the facility’s construction, will it constitute a tax, or will it simply be a rate assessment? If it is a tax, does it render the Baseload Act ...

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Kemper county energy facility — a wise decision was made

The Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously determined in 2009 that Mississippi Power would need additional baseload electric power generation to meet consumer demand in 2014. Baseload generation provides electricity that’s needed every hour of every day, 365 days a year. By 2014 with increasing demand for electricity and no additional baseload generation, Mississippi Power customers would face volatile and high ...

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Kemper rate mitigation bill similar to 2009 Georgia law

Four years ago, lawmakers in Georgia’s General Assembly approved a bill designed to lessen the rate shock for Georgia Power Co. customers related to the utility’s construction of nuclear power units. Mississippi lawmakers are considering a similar bill for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. >> Read complete story here …  

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