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 […]

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 […]

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.

PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

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Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Economy, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, MDA, MDE, MDEQ, MDOC, MDOT, Medicaid, MEMA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS Attorney General, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service Commission, Spending, Taxes, Treasurer

The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that: “a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that […]

Sen. Tony Smith says he's looking "very seriously" at run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 16th, 2014 at 10:43 am

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Filed Under: Legislature, Mississippi State Senate, Public Service Commission, Tony Smith

State Senator Tony Smith tells the Picayune Item that he is looking closely at a possible run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner in 2015. In an article to preview upcoming issues in the 2015 Legislative Session, Smith said that he was “considering running for public service commissioner next year.” He added: “I haven’t made […]

With latest delay and cost adjustment, Kemper plant now twice original estimates.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 3rd, 2014 at 6:05 am

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Filed Under: Economic Development, Energy, Public Service Commission, Spending

Southern Co. said Thursday that it will cost at least another $59 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.6 billion The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. also announced that the work on the parts of the plant that will gasify lignite and […]

MS Power: More cost overruns at Kemper Plant.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 2nd, 2013 at 6:57 am

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Filed Under: Energy, Mississippi, MS State Government, Public Service Commission, Spending

Mississippi Power Co. is warning that costs are still increasing at the power plant it’s building in Kemper County. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. told stockholders Monday that an ongoing review of costs at the coal-fired plant has preliminarily identified at least another $160 million in cost increases. That could push the cost of […]

CRAWFORD: MS Power’s Kemper Plant a solid long-term investment.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 17th, 2013 at 11:17 am

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

In 2009 when Mississippi Power Company began discussions with the Mississippi Public Service Commission about its need to replace aging coal-fired plants, adding a new natural gas plant was considered. However, this would have made MPCo’s generating capacity 75% dependent on price-volatile natural gas. The Commission instead approved the lignite plant, giving MPCo a diversified […]

Utilities, consumer groups and state agencies talk energy efficiency rules.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 5th, 2013 at 9:11 am

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Filed Under: Energy, Mississippi, MS State Government, Public Service, Public Service Commission

A number of utilities and consumer groups say they support proposed rules that would require Mississippi electric and gas utilities to implement programs to save energy. However, Mississippi Power Co. says it opposes the rules because bills could rise for customers who don’t make homes or businesses more efficient. The Public Service Commission began considering […]

Commissioner Brandon Presley on Kemper Plant: “Where are all these so-called conservatives?”

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2013 at 10:50 am

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Filed Under: Brandon Presley, Democrats, Energy, Mississippi, MS State Government, Politics, Public Service Commission

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley on Monday blasted Mississippi Power’s embattled and over-budget Kemper County coal plant, but noted the $4.3 billion project is “past the point of no return” and “too big to fail.” “The decision has been made, and the train is on the track,” Northern District Commissioner Presley said. “I feel for […]