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Kemper plant succeeds in producing gas from lignite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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