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Moody’s Weighs Another Downgrade of Faltering ‘Clean Coal’ Project in Mississippi

Mary Perez for the (Gulport, Miss.) SunHerald: Moody’s Investors Service placed Mississippi Power Company’s ratings on review for another downgrade after the company last week announced a ninth extension for placing the now $7 billion Kemper energy facility into service using lignite. About $800 million of debt securities are affected by the possible downgrade, including […]

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On the Blogs: The ‘Clean Coal’ Controversy in Australia

John Englart for NoFibs.com.au: Significantly, this week we have had the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull making statements in support of ‘clean coal’ at the National Press Club. Similar to Tony Abbott’s coal lobby line of Coal is good for humanity. The Australian Conservation Foundation were quick to send a Note to PM: clean coal doesn’t […]

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Revisionist Policy Drift in Australia Toward Expanding Definition of ‘Clean Coal’

Michael Slezak for The Guardian: Just a few months ago, the idea that a new coal power station would ever be built in Australia seemed laughable. Banks, energy companies and even the Turnbull government seemed to accept the inevitable decline of the coal industry. But, since then, the Turnbull government has been furiously talking up […]

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Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Plant, $4 Billion Over Budget and Two Years Behind Schedule, Delayed Again

Jeff Amy for the Associated Press: More than $4 billion over budget and more than two years late, Mississippi Power Co. announced Tuesday that its $7.1 billion Kemper County plant is finally making electricity from gasified lignite coal. But the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said that after achieving the goal Sunday, it must make […]

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Lawsuit Alleges Deception by Southern Company on Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Project in Mississippi

Mary Perez for the (Gulfport, Mississippi) Sun-Herald: A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Southern Co. over Mississippi Power’s construction of the Kemper County energy plant. The suit charges Southern Co. and some of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP filed the […]

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Rural Mississippi Electricity Coop Bails Out of Kemper ‘Clean Coal’ Project and Gets a Ratings Upgrade

Ted Carter for Hattiesburg Business Today: Bailing out of its 15 percent ownership stake in Mississippi Power’s Kemper gasification plant has helped Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy gain a ratings upgrade on a $35.4 million bond issue. The electric power co-op, which changed its name to Cooperative Energy from South Mississippi Electric Power Association in November, received […]

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Lingering Questions on ‘Clean Coal’ Plant in Mississippi

Kendra Ablaza, Mississippi Today: Brandon Presley, chairman of the Public Service Commission, this afternoon talked about next steps for the Kemper County energy project and spelled out other utility-related legislative priorities he’d like to see take off in 2017. Presley, who represents the commission’s Northern District, laid out the commission’s priorities at a luncheon for […]

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Ohio Agency Offers $8 Million in Public Money for ‘Possibly Oxymoronic’ Research Into Clean Coal

Tom Knox for Columbus Business First: An Ohio agency is offering researchers up to $8 million to help prove that “clean coal” is possible. While so far unproven and possibly oxymoronic, the money will go towards finding ways to make clean coal more viable. “Cleaner, economical, and ultimately greater use of Ohio coal and/or its […]

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Op-Ed: Mississippi’s ‘Clean Coal’ Boondoggle

Mark Klinedinst for the Hattiesburg American: The Kemper County Energy Facility by Mississippi Power and the Southern Co. is putting an undue hardship on the 23 southern Mississippi counties through higher electric rates. This approximately $7 billion boondoggle will produce, if it ever actually goes online, the same power as a gas plant that might […]

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On the Blogs: Southern Company’s Campaign to Export Its Broken ‘Clean Coal’ Technology

Zachary Davies Boren at EnergyDesk.Greenpeace.org: The company behind America’s flagship ‘clean coal’ project tried to push the technology on countries around the world, even after it discovered its profound problems. Last month a New York Times investigation chronicled the spiraling costs, missed deadlines, technical issues and administrative chaos at Southern Company’s coal gasification facility in […]

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