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Layoffs at Mine That Supplied Costly Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment

Associated Press: The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant says it will lay off 75 workers at the mine. It’s the latest fallout from the suspending the part of the plant that was supposed to gasify coal and remove pollutants. Mississippi Power has said it could lay off […]

August 11, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Failed ‘Clean Coal’ Experiments Have Wasted Billions of Dollars

Mississippi Regulators Say Enough is Enough; Kemper Plant is One of Long Line to Chase the Clean Coal Myth

Long overdue news broke last week that that the Southern Company will no longer burn coal at the Kemper County “clean coal” plant.  Mississippi regulators had told the company they would no longer allow a blank electricity ratepayer check for construction of the plant. In chasing the myth that any new coal-fired power could become […]

Southern Company Shores Up Mississippi Power with $1 Billion After Decision Not to Burn Coal at Kemper

Russell Grantham for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Southern Company said it injected $1 billion in additional capital into its Mississippi subsidiary after it decided last week, under pressure from state regulators, to pull the plug on a troubled “clean coal” plant. The Atlanta utility holding company’s shares have dropped about 7 percent since the Mississippi Public […]

July 6, 2017 Read More →

Another Delay at Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Project, Another $38 Million

Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Power Co. is again delaying completion for its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant. The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it still can’t reliably run parts of the plant, including units that convert lignite coal into gas. Southern said in a stock filing Monday that it’s pushing back completion […]

May 2, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Kemper, Edwardsport, and ‘Clean Coal’

Construction Delays and Budget Overruns; Productivity Problems; High Operating Costs

If the “clean coal” integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology promoted at home and abroad by the U.S. utility industry sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. That’s why Moody’s Investors Services warned the other day that it might downgrade the credit of Mississippi Power Company because of the declining competitiveness of […]

February 28, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Operating Costs for Kemper Plant Going Up by 288 Percent

By Steve Wilson for MississippiWatchdog.org: When talking about the Kemper Project clean coal power plant, it’s easy to get hung up on the plant’s capital costs, now up to nearly $6.9 billion. Like an iceberg, there is a cost category lurking below the surface that could add up to even higher utility bills for Mississippi Power’s 186,000 customers in […]

October 20, 2016 Read More →

Carbon Capture ‘Too Costly’

Tracy Samilton for Michigan Public Radio: Much hope has been placed on a developing technology known as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The idea is to extract the carbon before it’s emitted from smokestacks, compress it, and store it underground. That could allow humans to keep using coal, without further loading the atmosphere and oceans […]

December 11, 2015 Read More →

Partner Backs Out of Mississippi Coal-Gasification Project

From Brad Kessie at WLOX: A decision by South Mississippi Electric adds even more financial instability to the cloud hanging over Mississippi Power’s Kemper County lignite plant. Board members with South Mississippi Electric’s 11 cooperatives no longer have an interest in purchasing a 15 percent stake in the Kemper County facility. Their reason for breaking […]

May 21, 2015 Read More →