If Public Service Commission Approves Kemper Settlement Rates Will Remain The Same

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 1st, 2017 at 3:25 pm

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Economic Development, Energy, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Public Service Commission

Mississippi Power customers would see their electricity bills remain the same or decrease slightly if the state Public Service Commission approves a settlement agreement reached Friday on the Kemper County energy facility. Mississippi Power officials reached the agreement with commission staff, Chevron and Federal Executive Agencies on the remaining costs associated with Kemper. With all […]

Stion Failure Bursts Barbour’s Alternative Energy Bubble

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 19th, 2017 at 2:21 am

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Filed Under: Business, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Ethics, Governor, Haley Barbour, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Spending

Stion was one of five alternative-energy projects begun during the administration of Gov. Haley Barbour between 2004 and 2012 – all failed or failing.

With Investors Clamoring, PSC Moves To Force End To Kemper Boondoggle

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 21st, 2017 at 3:20 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic Development, Energy, Ethics, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Public Service Commission

At its open meeting Wednesday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously passed a motion instructing counsel to prepare an order pursuing potential solutions regarding the Kemper County power generation facility. The order will be presented to the commission at its July 6 meeting. As part of the order, a new docket number will be opened […]

Taxpayer Funded “Economic Development” Project In Hattiesburg Is Latest Struggling To Make Payments And Hit Job Numbers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 10:47 am

Stion discontinues operations in Hattiesburg.

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Filed Under: Business, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Ethics, Hattiesburg, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

Stion had been working closely with the Mississippi Development Authority to rework the terms of its original $75 million loan with the state. Capital investment projection numbers were lowered to $250 million by December 2019 and job creation numbers dropped to 500 by December 2022.

MS Power Wants Kemper Plant To Run On Lignite Coal Despite Lower Cost Of Natural Gas

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:28 am

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Energy, Mississippi, News, Public Service Commission

Despite the study, the company plans to press ahead with a proposed rate increase to cover the costs of building the plant’s two gasifiers, which convert lignite mined on site into synthesis gas to fuel the facility’s electricity-generating turbines.

What’s Another $51 Million Among Friends? Kemper Delay, Yet Again.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 31st, 2017 at 7:36 pm

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Economy, Energy, Ethics, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

Watchdog.org’s Steve Wilson reports that once again Mississippi Power has announced in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the Kemper Project clean coal power plant’s commercial operation date will be pushed back to next month. The delay will cost the utility $51 million in added costs for the plant, which is […]

Seriously? Another Month Long Delay To Take Cost Of Kemper Past $7 Billion

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 7th, 2017 at 7:30 am

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Filed Under: Business, East Mississippi, Economic Development, Eminent Domain, Energy, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Haley Barbour, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending, State Bonds

The latest delay, confirmed Friday, pushes the plant’s price tag over $7 billion. Of the nearly $52 million increase caused by the delay, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says shareholders will pay $34 million. Ratepayers could be asked to pay the rest. The plant and associated coal mine were originally supposed to be finished […]

Now More Than Double Original Cost Estimates, MS Power Says Another Likely Delay For Experimental Kemper Power Plant

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 3rd, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Energy, News

Mississippi Power Co. says it’s likely to again delay its Kemper County power plant, pushing completion of the $7 billion plant past the previous deadline of Dec. 31. “While it remains possible to meet that projected in-service date, based on the current status of start-up and commissioning activities, Mississippi Power now expects that the Kemper […]

MS Power Adds $25 Million to Kemper Plant Costs, Delays Start Date.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 5th, 2016 at 11:06 am

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Energy, News

Mississippi Power on Friday added a month to the date it expects to have the Kemper energy facility operational on lignite and increased the cost. The date was revised from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, and Mississippi Power said it needs an additional $25 million that will be paid by the utility and Southern Company […]

Many Northeast Mississippi Legislators Angling for Piece of BP Money.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 26th, 2016 at 10:29 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Democrats, Energy, Ethics, Golden Triangle, Lee County, Legislature, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Spending, Tupelo

Both (Rep. Nick ) Bain and (Rep. Tracy) Arnold mentioned that the (BP) funds should be used for the state’s many infrastructure needs. “Absolutely, spend it on something that benefits the entire state,” Bain said. State leaders currently are considering the possibility of increasing taxes to pay for infrastructure needs. “It could offset a tax […]