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U.S. Energy Secretary Wants Kemper Approval

The Energy Daily reports today that U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu hopes the Mississippi Public Service Commission and Southern Company can strike a compromise on a proposed $2.4 billion clean coal plant to be built in Kemper County. The Mississippi Commission voted April 29 to allow the plant to go forward if Mississippi Power Company (a division of Southern Company) ...

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BGR website has changed since MBJ Barbour/Kemper story was published

Note: See The New Republic’s corresponding story. Gov. Haley Barbour’s former lobbying firm, BGR Group, has changed its website since the Mississippi Business Journal published the story “Barbour’s Kemper Connection” on April 25 noting Barbour’s frequent praise of the proposed Kemper County clean coal project. The state Public Service Commission voted for a conditional approval of the $2.4 billion project ...

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Kemper Plant Update: MPC will ask commission for rehearing

Mississippi Power Company plans to ask the state Public Service Commission for a rehearing regarding its proposed $2.4 billion Kemper County clean coal plant. MPC will ask for the Commission’s permission to charge rate payers for plant financing costs before the facility produces electricity, a practice called putting Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) in rate base. The Commission issued an ...

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Kemper Coal Plant — Are Commission conditions too much for Miss. Power?

Mississippi Power Company is taking a careful look at whether to build a $2.4 billion clean coal plant in Kemper County. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted April 29 to approve the plant – but with several conditions MPC says “seem to make it impossible” to finance or construct. Commissioners Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey approved the plant. Commissioner Brandon ...

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Barbour’s Kemper connection

Vote on proposed clean coal plant to come down this week Note: This story was updated on May 4: “BGR website has changed” At a press conference April 14, Gov. Haley Barbour spoke again about state energy projects and touted the proposed Kemper County clean coal project that will be approved or disapproved by the state Public Service Commission this ...

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$3.2 billion cap proposed

Public Service Commission puts forward a cost ceiling for Mississippi Power’s lignite plant In response to a Mississippi Public Service Commission request for a price cap, Mississippi Power Company (MPC) has proposed a $3.2-billion ceiling for its planned Kemper County clean coal plant, currently estimated to cost $2.4 billion. During the Commission’s week-long hearings in February, which examined the plant’s ...

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Kemper the best option

Topazi talks about himself, Momentum Mississippi and the Kemper County lignite plant Q & A with Anthony Topazi, CEO of Mississippi Power Company Photos by Stephen McDill Click here to watch the video interview series Q: Tell us a little bit about your background. A: I grew up in Birmingham, Ala. I am the grandson of Italian immigrants, both on ...

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Kemper coal plant hearings wrap up

Public speaks out on both sides of the issue of whether ‘clean coal’ plant should be authorized On Feb. 5 the state Public Service Commission wrapped up its week-long resource hearings for a proposed $2.5-billion clean coal plant in Kemper County with a public forum at which more than 40 speakers were divided evenly on support or opposition to the ...

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