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Mississippi’s competitive disadvantage

Southern’s competitive advantage causes south east Mississippi’s competitive disadvantage. Kelley Williams, Chair Bigger Pie Forum,  March 19, 2015 Here’s a recent quote from a security analyst about Southern Company’s hefty dividends:  “Southern Company’s competitive advantage comes from its monopoly electricity provider status in the markets it serves.”   Translation: Southern has a lock on its markets and […]

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The old quarterback’s resume

Late last year the CEO of Mississippi Power announced the hiring of a new project manager to quarterback the completion of construction and startup of its troubled Kemper County Lignite Plant’s experimental gasifier. The announcement didn’t say anything about the old quarterback (Brett Wingo) or what happened to him. Apparently he was sacked and is […]

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Mississippi Power wants Supreme Court rehearing

The Supreme Court majority said the PSC failed to comply with the Act (did not determine if Kemper is prudent as required by Act) and exceeded its authority. It said the PSC deprived customers of due process rights when it didn’t make the company tell them about the multibillion dollar plant, its certification and rate […]

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A good beginning

The Mississippi Supreme Court voted to rescind Mississippi Power Company’s 18 percent rate increase to prepay for part of its experimental Kemper County Lignite Plant. It also ordered the company to refund $281 million of prepayments to date to customers. The 5-4 vote was on February 12. On that same day in 1878 F.W. Thayer […]

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It was bound to end badly

One of the most costly government actions is the administration’s war on coal. It is the fuel for about half of the country’s electricity and one of the cheapest sources of energy. Kelley Williams, chair, Bigger Pie Forum,  February 4, 2015 | northsidesun.com IT WASN’T TRUE LOVE when the green energy philanderer hooked up with […]

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Just finish it!

SO’s investors don’t like the Kemper project. Why? The company can’t finish Kemper’s chemical plant. It is supposed to turn worthless lignite (low grade coal) into an inexpensive substitute for cheap natural gas. It’s a failed Frankenstein experiment. By Kelley Williams | Bigger Pie Forum, Chair | www.biggerpieforum.org | December 5, 2014 “Ain’t gonna be […]

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Report on Kemper Project casts embattled power plant in poor light

Imagine a first-of-its-kind power plant that costs $3.6 billion more than originally planned, with safety issues that required expensive, late fixes and a management team that denied delays and cost overruns until papering them over was no longer an option. By Steve Wilson  /   November 5, 2014  / www.MississippiWatchdog.org Imagine a first-of-its-kind power plant that costs […]

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Could the Kemper plant explode?

There are good reasons to be concerned that the Kemper County Lignite Plant under con-struction by Mississippi Power could explode if started up. So, will it ever start up? Probably not. Here’s why. Kelley Williams | Chair, Bigger Pie Forum | www.biggerpieforum.org | October 7, 2014 There are good reasons to be concerned that the […]

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