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Legislation passes that codifies Kemper plant settlement

JACKSON — The state Senate has approved two House-passed bills that codify a settlement between the Public Service Commission and Mississippi Power Co. over the company’s Kemper County power plant. Meanwhile, state Supreme Court justices want parties to answer more questions about an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a 2008 state law that would allow Mississippi Power to collect money ...

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Legislators pushing for bonds to cover Kemper plant costs

KEMPER COUNTY — Lawmakers are advancing a proposal to let Mississippi Power Co. sell bonds to cover expenses above $2.4 billion at the Kemper County power plant it’s building. They also want to allow the Mississippi Public Service Commission to approve a multi-year rate plan, to prevent a rate spike when the plant begins operation. The House Public Utilities Committee ...

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More big equipment headed for Kemper power plant

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Another large piece of equipment will be moved next week to Mississippi Power Co.’s coal-powered power plant under construction in Kemper County. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), on Jan. 9, a group of four wide loads will begin leaving Big Bee Valley in Noxubee County for the Kemper County plant. The loads will travel ...

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Judge denies Sierra Club's challenge to Kemper coal plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Mississippi Power Co.’s $2.8 billion Kemper County power plant is one step closer to legal clearance. Company spokesman Jeff Shepard tells The Associated Press that Harrison County Chancery Judge Jim Persons has denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant’s license. Shepard says Persons released the ruling late yesterday. The environmental group is expected to appeal. The ...

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Four sites in state have no coal ash spill hazard rating

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four years after a massive coal ash spill in East Tennessee, environmental conservation groups have launched an interactive website and map that shows the location and hazard risks for coal ash sites at 100 power plants throughout the Southeast. The website, www.southeastcoalash.org, is a project of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Appalachian Voices, Southern Environmental Law ...

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Labor unions flip, throw support to Kemper power plant

KEMPER COUNTY — In exchange for the promise of 1,000 jobs, a group of labor unions is throwing its support behind Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. The unions had most recently opposed the plant because contractors for Atlanta-based Southern Co. were excluding union members from the $2.8 billion project, which currently employs 2,600 construction workers. Yesterday, union leaders ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration system ...

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Alliance formed to market coal technology 'TRIG' globally

ATLANTA — Southern Company, through subsidiary Southern Generation Technologies, LLC, and KBR, LLC of Houston, Texas, have formed an alliance to market the coal technology transport integrated gasification (TRIG) to power companies worldwide. Through this partnership, Southern Company and KBR will contribute their technical and marketing expertise, respectively, capitalizing on each company’s strengths in expanding TRIG technology to worldwide markets. ...

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TVA leaning more on gas and less on coal for fuel

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s reliance on coal has dropped and the use of natural gas as fuel to generate electricity has increased. According to The Commercial Appeal, TVA’s use of gas climbed 70 percent in the fiscal year just ended. At the same time, coal-fired generation declined 30 percent from fiscal 2011. The fiscal years end Sept. ...

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Governor introduces 'energy roadmap' at summit

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is renewing his focus on promoting energy-related development. Bryant unveiled an “energy roadmap” yesterday at the Mississippi Energy Summit, including promoting oil and gas production, finding ways to use the state’s available energy resources to attract more business, improving energy efficiency, expanding energy-focused research and training workers to take advantage of opportunities. When inaugurated, Bryant ...

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