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Southern Co. Terminates Marquee U.S. ‘Clean Coal’ Project

Associated Press: One of the nation’s largest utilities, faced with an ultimatum from Mississippi regulators, said Wednesday that it will suspend efforts to complete a first-of-its-kind coal-fueled power plant. The move is a blow in efforts to develop coal plants that emit less carbon dioxide, which could be key to improving the health of the […]

June 29, 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 →

Southern Company’s ‘Clean Coal’ Flop

Russell Gold for the Wall Street Journal: Southern Co. said it has nearly completed a first-of-its-kind “clean coal” power plant, though a new analysis suggests it might not make sense to burn coal in it. After taking nearly seven years and $7.1 billion to build, the Kemper County, Miss., facility, which can burn coal and […]

February 23, 2017 Read More →

Bowie Resource Partners Drops Application for Coal-Gasification Plant in Colorado

Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Bowie Resource Partners has withdrawn an application with a state agency for approval to build a coal gasification plant at its Bowie No. 2 coal mine near Paonia. The action comes just two months after it submitted the application with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and […]

January 10, 2017 Read More →

Battered Kemper Coal Project May Get a ‘New Lifeline’

Rebecca Smith for the Wall Street Journal: The most expensive fossil-fuel power plant ever built in the U.S. could soon get a financial lifeline thanks to President-elect Donald Trump, who has signaled interest in clean-coal initiatives as a way to preserve mining jobs. Buoyed by Mr. Trump’s enthusiasm for the U.S. coal industry, several congressional […]

December 21, 2016 Read More →

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 […]

December 14, 2016 Read More →

More Delays at Mississippi Coal Gasification Project

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: The oft-delayed 582 MW Kemper coal gasification facility in Mississippi has been delayed again, with owner Southern Co. now saying it expects to begin full operations in January, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. In an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said delays could cost […]

December 7, 2016 Read More →

Kemper’s Troubled Coal-Gasification Plant Goes Further Over Budget, Misses Another Completion Deadline

From the Associated Press: Mississippi Power Co. is adding another month to the construction schedule and another $62 million to the cost of the power plant it’s building in Kemper County. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the parent of the electrical utility, announced Monday that it’s pushing back the completion date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30. […]

October 4, 2016 Read More →

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

Zachary Davies Boren at 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 […]

August 12, 2016 Read More →

On the Radio: How a $6.4 Billion ‘Clean Coal’ Project Went Awry

Ari Shapiro and Ian Urbina on NPR: ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: A key part of President Obama’s climate plan sits off line in rural Mississippi. It’s a coal plant that was supposed to open two years ago. It is $4 billion over budget and the focus of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The […]

July 6, 2016 Read More →