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Kemper overrun reaches $81 million for second quarter

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.

By JACK WEATHERLY As expected, Mississippi Power’s coal-gasification power plant has missed another deadline. The utility on Monday moved back the start-up of the commercial operation of the plant in Kemper County another month, till Oct. 31. Time delayed is cost accumulated. The latest postponement will add $43 million to the price tag on the plant, which originally was projected to ...

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Kemper plant succeeds in producing gas from lignite

Mississippi Power Co.'s power plant nearing completion in Kemper County burned off the initial production of synthetic gas last week.                             

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Power has started producing synthetic gas using lignite at the Kemper County energy facility, the long-overdue and cost-overrun plagued project. “This is a major achievement for the Kemper project, and I am very proud of everyone who has worked safely and tirelessly to overcome challenges and reach this important point,” Mississippi Power President and Chief Executive Anthony ...

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Mississippi Power: SEC investigating Kemper project

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.

The federal agency tasked with protecting investors has opened an investigation into the estimated costs and schedule of Mississippi Power Co.’s overrun-plagued $6.7 billion Kemper County power plant being built in Mississippi. In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said it believes the inquiry is focused primarily on “periods subsequent to ...

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Natural gas rates keep falling; Entergy lowers rates

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JACKSON — Only months after Entergy Mississippi customers got a break on electricity bills because of falling natural gas prices, they’re likely to get another. Pending approval by the Public Service Commission, the unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. expects to collect $75 million less in 2016 to pay for natural gas. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity ...

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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. (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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