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PSC grants Mississippi Power interim rate hike

Public Service Commission chairman Lynn Posey, left, listens as Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley stresses the need for accountability from Mississippi Power Company in issuing refunds or credits to customers after the commission voted to comply with a state supreme court order that found illegal the 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion power plant in Kemper County, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. In addition, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. must roll back the 18 percent increase starting with the August billing cycle. Commissioners say they'll vote on a refund plan in August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Associated Press State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to allow the utility to raise rates starting with bills beginning Aug. 20. A residential customer who uses 1,000 ...

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PSC to vote next week on Miss. Power rates, approves refunds

Ben Stone, an attorney with Mississippi Power Company, responds to a question by the Mississippi Public Service Commissioners, Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Jackson, Miss. The commission voted 3-0 to comply with a state Supreme Court order that found illegal the 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion plant. The power company is to develop a refund plan by November for customers who want them. Commissioners say they'll vote on a refund plan in August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — State utility regulators plan to decide Mississippi Power Co.’s request for an 18 percent rate increase on Aug. 13. The three-member Public Service Commission set the next meeting Thursday, after taking testimony from company officials saying the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. urgently needs the additional $159 million a year from its 186,000 customers. Mississippi Power wants the ...

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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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