KEMPER: AS WE’VE BEEN SAYING!
Mississippi’s Kemper Project in three charts | June 7, 2016
The Kemper Project is a controversial clean coal power plant that’s designed to convert lignite coal mined on site into a natural gas-like substance called synthesis gas to fuel its electricity-generating turbines.
Another month brings another cost increase for Mississippi Power’s embattled Kemper Project clean coal power plant.
Mississippi Power comes clean. Not. May 12, 2016
Southern buried the investigation in the last paragraph on page 25 of its 303 page 10Q quarterly report filed Thursday May 5. But Bloomberg and other news services found it anyway.
MPC Fuel Prices for Kemper.
“Kemper Costs Analysis Simplified Timeline” in its entirety.
Detailed Cost Analysis Timeline for Kemper in detail.
- 5/9/2016 UPDATED TIMELINES
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an investigation of Southern Company and its subsidiary Mississippi Power over costs and delays at the Kemper Project clean coal power plant.
Mississippi Power announced Tuesday in an SEC filing that the Kemper Project clean coal power plant will cost an additional $60 million and could be delayed even further.
PSC opening access to more Kemper power plant documents – May 3, 2016
By Kendra Ablaza www.mississippitoday.org March 16, 2016 Documents regarding the $6.6 billion Kemper County Energy Facility will soon be easier for the public to access. The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday directed its staff to post on the commission’s website executive summary updates detailing the power plant’s construction progress. The plant is scheduled […]
Unsealed Kemper Project records could be revealing – March 30, 2016
“Bill Kelly, a CPA and subcontractor for AECOM who runs the accounting component of the independent monitor team, said the increase amounted to 95 percent of total project cost and amounted to a “material weakness in internal control over financial reporting” You might call this cooking the books.
Technology to Make Clean Energy From Coal Is Stumbling in Practice – March 30, 2016
Known as SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3, the project has been plagued by multiple shutdowns, has fallen way short of its emissions targets, and faces an unresolved problem with its core technology. The costs, too, have soared, requiring tens of millions of dollars in new equipment and repairs.
Monitor: Kemper Project might not make its start date – March 29, 2016
According to the independent monitoring firm that supervises the construction of the Kemper Project clean coal power plant, the facility might not make its scheduled start date in the third quarter of this year.
PSC commissioner: Regulators will examine Kemper Project safety – March 23, 2016
…the PSC will be looking extensively at safety issues with the first-of-its-kind plant, which is billions over budget and years behind schedule.
$2.2 billion solar plant not producing expected electricity and killing thousands of birds. Kemper’s $6 billion gasifier is not producing electricity either. But at least it’s not killing thousands of birds. Is it?
Lawsuit alleges fraud over ‘goliath’ Kemper Project power plant – March 4, 2016
Mississippi’s Kemper Project integrated coal gasification power plant hasn’t generated any power off its primary fuel, but it has generated one thing in bunches: lawsuits.
Kemper: An Imprudent Decision, Part 2 – February 27, 2016
Brett Wingo, former Kemper construction supervisor, warned Southern Company executives in 2014 they were reporting false construction timelines for Kemper completion.
An Imprudent Decision February 22, 2016
Kemper: A political decision in 2006, an imprudent 2010 PSC decision based on guesses by Southern/MPC, extremely slow acknowledgement of actual plant costs, an extremely imprudent 2012 new PSC certification of Kemper followed by rapid, massive adjustments to plant costs once major legislative and regulatory approvals in hand.
Former manager: Southern Company lied about Kemper schedule February 18, 2016
As we’ve been saying …
KEMPER: RIGHT THE WRONGS February 17, 2016
The PSC knowingly treating Kemper lignite gasification investment, operating and maintenance costs as a utility rather than the fuel factory they are, allowed Mississippi Power Co. (MPC) to play Three-Card Monte with customers as their mark.
Wingo: I told Southern CEO Fanning that Kemper timeline was a fraud February 17, 2016
Records show muzzled former Kemper construction supervisor warned Mississippi Power and Southern Co. executives that they were reporting false construction timelines for completion of the multi-billion dollar Kemper plant in their filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and to the investing public
Former regulator: Kemper Project costs passed on to Alabamians February 2, 2016
The Southern Company is spreading the costs of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project “clean coal” power plant to at least one of its other subsidiaries
Kemper continues January 20, 2016
Some heavy hitters are entering the legal battle to prevent Mississippi ratepayers from being stuck with excess costs caused by the lignite boondoggle.
Errr, would one of those proprietary technology investments changing how America produces electricity be the Kemper County Lignite Plant experiment? “An industry leader in robust, proprietary research and development, Southern Company has managed approximately $2 billion in research and development investments since the 1960s, leading to the development and deployment of new, innovative technologies that […]
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 19 December 30, 2015
Despite massive cost overruns with the Kemper Project “clean coal” power plant, it’s damn the critics, full speed ahead for Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland.
Elections, Kemper Project topped Mississippi news in 2015 December 30, 2015
As 2015 draws to a close, news in Mississippi was dominated by an election, more problems with the controversial Kemper power plant and civil asset forfeiture.
Some Kemper consequences December 24, 2015
One strange consequence of the Kemper fiasco is the recent PSC decision authorizing Net Metering.
Good money after bad. No wonder people don’t trust politicians.
PSC OKs 15 percent rate increase for Mississippi Power December 8, 2015
The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved a 15 percent rate increase Thursday for Mississippi Power, to help pay for the gas-fired portion of the Kemper plant that is producing electricity.
Kemper power plant overruns climb another $62 million December 2, 2015
Another Kemper overrun. $62 million this time. Another projected startup delay. What’s next?
“Mississippi Power does not earn a profit on fuel costs.” But Mississippi Power does earn a profit on expensive plants. That’s why it built Kemper.
Cecil Brown could be swing vote on Kemper: Analysis November 23, 2015
Marked for death by Republicans, Democrat Cecil Brown may end up playing a critical role when he takes up his new post as public service commissioner representing the Central District.
Mississippi Power, state officials nearing a deal to trim massive rate-hike November 16, 2015 Mississippi Power and state utility are close to an agreement that would defer some regulatory costs on the Kemper Project power plant in exchange for a power rate reduction.
Republican patriarch Reed endorses Democrat for PSC October 28, 2015
Former state GOP Chairman Clarke Reed, a founder of the modern state Republican Party, has endorsed Democratic candidate Tom Blanton in his race against Republican Sam Britton for the Public Service Commission, which oversees and regulates state utilities.
Expert: More delays likely for Kemper Project October 27, 2015
Kemper’s shills wrong again!
PSC pay to play? Blanton says: “These fundraisers were carefully orchestrated by six (6) of the main financial beneficiaries of the construction of Kemper IGCC”
Thousands contact Miss. Power to get share of rebate October 13, 2015
Mississippi Power Co. customers are lining up to choose how to get their Kemper-related refund from the utility.
Kemper: Expert Testimony Mashup October 13, 2015
Several experts with impressive backgrounds have filed testimony with the PSC prior to the November hearing to consider prudency for the Kemper turbines running on natural gas and putting those investments into MPC customer’s base rates.
Mississippi PSC rejects Blanton’s motion for commissioner’s recusal October 12, 2015
The PSC on Tuesday rejected unanimously Thomas Blanton’s motion for Central District commissioner Lynn Posey to recuse himself from Kemper Project-related proceedings. Blanton is a candidate for the Southern District seat as a Democrat.
Holland: Kemper plant ‘about 99 percent complete’ October 8, 2015
Kemper about 99% complete. And that’s the easy part.
FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for Mississippi Public Service Central District commissioner was hosted by several contractors on the Kemper Project in violation of state law.
Kemper Project’s completion date could be pushed back again October 1, 2015
Mississippi Power admitted in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday that the Kemper Project clean coal power plant could be completed later than expected — and costs are rising yet again.
Costs spiral for Mississippi Power’s Kemper plant October 1, 2015
Mississippi Power said Tuesday it still expects the startup of the Kemper lignite plant in the first half of 2016 — but not by April 19…
Deceptions and delusions September 3, 2015
“O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”… Kemper’s justification is based on deceptive cost and revenue projections. Two lame duck PSC commissioners went along.
The Hood Robin Syndrome August 31, 2015
“The war on carbon literally hurts, sickens, and kills poor people all over the world. And I can assure you … the poor are not amused.”
Latest Kemper rate hike challenged August 25, 2015
Mississippi Power, in asking for the most recent increase, said it needed cash immediately because it had reached its borrowing capacity and could not count on its parent company, Southern Company, to infuse anymore revenue.
Kemper carbon dioxide buyer says plan is still in place August 19, 2015
Denbury Resources says it still plans to buy carbon dioxide from the Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant despite the company’s recent tumbling fortunes.
Moody’s Downgrades Mississippi Power to Baa2, negative; affirms Southern, stable August 19, 2015 “What Could Change the Rating – Down? … if there are additional material delays, cost increases, or other problems associated with the plant;” In other words, if the future is like the past.
New rate increase for Mississippi Power could be headed to court August 17, 2015
Mississippi Power customers should have kept the champagne on ice to celebrate the end of an 18 percent rate increase. Turns out their bills will increase by the same amount in September, barring another court order.
PSC approves 18% rate increase for Mississippi Power August 14, 2015
State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December.
Regulators approve temporary rate increase for Mississippi Power August 13, 2015
After having one 18 percent rate increase rescinded, Mississippi Power customers will be hit with another same-sized increase by September after the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to give the utility emergency rate relief.
PSC to vote next week on Miss. Power rates, approves refunds August 7, 2015
State utility regulators plan to decide Mississippi Power Co.’s request for an 18 percent rate increase on Aug. 13.
The $20 Billion in Bets Threatening to Sour Southern’s Ties August 7, 2015
Bloomberg says Blanton’s sentiment (about Mississippi Power’s rate increase) is spreading: “I’m not going to let anyone take my money and give me nothing in return.”
Saudi Arabia may go broke before the US oil industry buckles August 6, 2015
Looks like Saudi Arabia and Kemper and were both standing in the wrong place when fracking came along.
The scorpion and the frog August 5, 2015
Substitute a Clarion Ledger editor for the scorpion and Bigger Pie’s office manager for the frog. The editor deceived our office manager and cherry picked my “It’s still a good idea” to spin today’s Sunday Clarion Ledger point/counter point article: “What should be done with Kemper plant?”
What should be done with Kemper plant? August 2, 2015
The Clarion Ledger selectively cut and pasted my article, It’s still a good idea, to change the message. It seems as though the Clarion Ledger buried the point that customers should only pay for the turbines on natural gas ($800 million) and omitted entirely the point that the company should pay for the gasifier ($5.4 […]
The fight over Mississippi Power’s proposed rate increase to help pay for at least part of the troubled Kemper Project power plant gained an important intervenor with the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
The power company filed a court-ordered plan Tuesday with the Mississippi Public Service Commission on how it will refund money billed to customers since 2013 to help fund the controversial Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant, now billions over budget and two years behind schedule.
Kemper wants credits as first refund option July 23, 2015
Mississippi Power Co. is telling regulators that the company wants bill credits to be the default option when refunding the $350 million the company collected from customers for its Kemper County power plant.
Mississippi Power Company’s 2014 Retail Customer Breakdown Dollars and KWH (Millions) Revenue KWH Residential $239 30.1% 2,126 21.3% Commercial 257 32.3% 2,860 28.7% Industrial 291 36.6% 4,943 49.6% Other 7 0.9% 41 0.4% Total Retail $795 99.9% 9,969 100.0%
It’s still a good idea July 15, 2015
Bad news for Mississippi Power. Good news for its customers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission met recently to implement the Mississippi Supreme Court’s orders issued six months ago to rescind the 18% rate increase and refund the $350 million the company illegally collected for its Kemper lignite project.
Power Co. aims for rate hike July 11, 2015
Mississippi Power Co. is trying again for a rate increase to help pay for the $6.2 billion power plant it’s building in Kemper County.
A compromise proposed in a meeting of the Mississippi Public Service Commission would allow the PSC to punt on a move to approve spending on the most controversial component of the Kemper Project.
R.I.P. Kemper – Fracked, Dead and Buried July 8, 2015 Running an electric utility in the 21st century should be a reasonable and stable business…It is high time for Mississippi Power and Southern Company to pull the plug on Kemper and move on.
The Mississippi Public Service Commission has started a process to refund up to $350 million to current and former customers in south Mississippi.
Regulators on Tuesday ordered Mississippi Power Co. to lower rates later this month and plan for customer refunds by November.
The three-commissioner board that regulates utilities voted 3-0 Tuesday to rescind the 18 percent increase — which Mississippi Power enacted to help fund the Kemper Project — starting with August bills for customers.
Mississippi regulators plan to discuss at a Tuesday meeting how to obey a state Supreme Court order to refund about $350 million that Mississippi Power Co. has collected from customers to build a power plant in Kemper County.
Kemper Project costs increase by another $10 million July 6, 2015
Mississippi Power’s controversial Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant’s latest hiccup will cost $10 million.
MEC tells part of the MISO story. See “The untold Entergy story” for the rest of the story.
An untold Entergy story June 25, 2015
Recently Entergy Mississippi’s VP Public Relations said in a letter to the editor that I had “… conveniently missed one of the biggest stories in Mississippi electric utility history.”…well…Here’s the “rest of the story.”
Mississippi Power is awaiting an order from the Mississippi Public Service Commission to refund an 18 percent increase ordered by the Mississippi Supreme Court, but the regulatory agency is still trying to determine the best way for customers to get their money back.
The success of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Plant rests in part on the assumption that there will be one or more buyers for some 3 million tons of CO2 generated each year as a byproduct of the plant’s revolutionary coal gasification process.
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday denied Mississippi Power’s request for a rehearing of the case that the 18 percent rate increase was illegal.
Mississippi Power’s request for a hearing was denied by the Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Hattiesburg businessman Thomas Blanton over rate increases to fund the Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant.
Ten reasons the Kemper Project is bad for consumers June 3, 2015
Mississippi Power ‘s Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant is likely the most controversial energy project in state history.
- 6/2/2015 Southern announces $4 million cost increase
“Clean coal was supposed to be one of those challenges America could meet with enough gumption and technical savvy. But with so many obstacles along the way, the power plant emerging in the southern Mississippi pine forest here is turning into a singular test of whether such a thing is even possible at all.” Maybe […]
Virtuous Entergy May 27, 2015
It’s like a chihuahua saving a pit bull. I didn’t even know Entergy had a dog in the Kemper fight. But I guess if questions threaten or embarrass one utility, it rubs off on others.
Never let ’em see you sweat May 27, 2015
Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant holds the record for the most expensive 500 MW power plant ever. Over $6 billion. And it’s not done yet and hasn’t run. Think its CEO is sweating?
Coal-Fired Power Plant Loses Steam May 27, 2015
The future of the most expensive fossil-fuel power plant ever built in the U.S. is facing new pressures after a Mississippi utility backed out of its commitment to the clean-coal project.
When it rains, it pours.
- 5/20/2015 MPC informed SMEPA terminating agreement to purchase 15% of Kemper Who picks up the $600-620 million SMEPA was to pay?
The power to corrupt May 17, 2015
Here’s a damaging fact and an alarming heads up. The 5,888 jobs lost in Mississippi Power’s service area following the 18% rate increase are just the beginning. Bigger rate increases are coming if customers pay for Kemper’s…
- 5/15/2015 MPC files 3 rate plans with MS PSC.
Mississippi Competitive Disadvantage April 23, 2015
Southern’s competitive advantage causes south east Mississippi’s competitive disadvantage.
FOGGY FUTURE: Problems with the refractory lining in the Kemper Project’s gasification towers caused months of delays and could point to future trouble.
Cost of Kemper Project lost in the numbers April 7, 2015
When talking about costs for Mississippi’s controversial Kemper Project integrated-gasification power plant, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers — especially when the numbers get into the billions. By Steve Wilson April 7, 2015 www.MississippiWatchdog.org Photo Credit: Southern Company When talking about costs for Mississippi’s controversial Kemper Project integrated-gasification power plant, it’s easy […]
In the classic board game Monopoly, players buy up properties and place hotels and houses upon the squares to earn rent from other players. The only properties in the game where hotels and houses aren’t allowed are the two utilities and two railroads. By Steve Wilson / April 6, 2015 / www.Watchdog.org Phot Graphic: Steve Wilson […]
The price of PSC poker April 2, 2015
The governor recently signed a bill to let Mississippi Power Company buy natural gas reserves with customers’ money. That’s like giving customers’ credit cards to a compulsive gambler at the casino door. The casino opens July 1. Kelley Williams, Chair BiggerPieForum, March 27, 2015 The governor recently signed a bill to let Mississippi Power Company […]
A World Remade by Fracking April 1,
The frackers and Fracking are remaking the world, but thanks to Kemper and its proponents, Mississippi may be on the wrong side of this world-changing technology. By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. March 31, 2015 6:52 p.m. ET www.wsj.com Photo Credit: An oil field over California’s Monterey Shale formation. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images If not for fracking, oil […]
- 4/1/15 Power Burns and Roe terminates Independent Monitor contract with MPUS effective April 30, 2015
- 3/31/2015 MPC increases cost est and takes write-off pof $9 million
FOGGY FUTURE: Problems with the refractory lining in the Kemper Project’s gasification towers caused months of delays and could point to future trouble. By Johnny Kampis Watchdog.org March 25, 2015 In late 2011, a contractor on the Kemper Project in east central Mississippi found a key component of the gasifier towers of the […]
The Big Lie March 26, 2015
Apparently Mississippi Power Company thinks it will put lipstick on its Kemper pig. Kemper is the company’s runaway experiment to turn lignite into a substitute for natural gas to make electricity. Kelley Williams, Chair Bigger Pie Forum, March 12, 2015 Will A Big Lie work here? Apparently Mississippi Power Company thinks it will put lipstick on […]
Mississippi’s competitive disadvantage March 26, 2015
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 […]
If the experience with the nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification power plant is any guide, Mississippi Power has a steep learning curve ahead as it tries to bring its troubled Kemper Project power plant into operation. By Steve Wilson / March 20, 2015 / www.mississippiwatchdog.org Photo Credit: The Southern Company If the experience with the
“There is no legal or factual basis for the Court to reverse its position and rule in Mississippi Power Company’s favor,” begins Blanton’s response to a request that the Supreme Court reconsider a decision in Blanton’s favor. BY PAUL HAMPTON firstname.lastname@example.org www.SunHerald.com March 18, 2015 Hattiesburg oilman Tom Blanton calls the embattled Kemper County
“The higher our rates go, the less energy our customers use, it impacts economic development. It impacts job growth in our area.” BY PAUL HAMPTON www.sunherald.com email@example.com March 12, 2015 Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider its decision to overturn a rate increase […]
Goldilocks and the three tax cuts March 15, 2015
One was too hot. One was too cold. And one was just right. The governor has one: The Working Families Tax Cut. The lieutenant governor has one: The Taxpayer Pay Raise Act. And the speaker has one: call it the Mine is Bigger than Both of Yours Tax Cut. Which one is just right for […]
A Jackson-based attorney who practices in front of the Mississippi Public Service Commission said the regulatory body could bypass a restraining order if it wanted the testimony of a former Kemper Project employee. By Steve Wilson Mississippi Watchdog March 10, 2015 Photo Credit: Southern Company GASIFIER: Kemper’s gasifier unit is designed to convert lignite […]
What happened to “used and useful” and “prudency?” By WLOX Staff March 4, 2015 www.wlox.com Could the $2.88 billion construction cost cap placed on Mississippi Power’s Kemper County lignite plant be in jeopardy? If it is, could Mississippi Power customers be asked to pay even more to cover the costs to build the […]
The old quarterback’s resume March 5, 2015
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 […]
A key employee of the troubled Kemper County, Miss., power plant will remain muzzled for now, but he doesn’t seem happy about it. By Johnny Kampis Watchdog.org February 27, 2015 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A key employee of the troubled Kemper County, Miss., power plant will remain muzzled for now, but he doesn’t seem happy about […]
Mississippi Power wants Supreme Court rehearing February 28, 2015
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 […]
Mississippi Power gets high-court knockdown February 23, 2015
Whether it’s good policy or not remains to be seen, but five members of the Mississippi Supreme Court say the state Public Service Commission ran roughshod over customers – and Mississippi Power Company has to give back lots of money. Posted on February 17, 2015 by Daily Journal in Opinion The little guy has won a slobber-knocker in Mississippi. Whether […]
Supreme Court lowers the boom on Kemper plant February 23, 2015
Let the Southern Company pay for this boondoggle. It was their idea from the get-go. By Wyatt Emmerich www.NorthsideSun.com February 18, 2015 When Tom blanton walked into Hattiesburg’s Keg & Barrel, his usual place to get a burger, the place erupted. People were standing and cheering. For good reason, because of Blanton’s lone […]
A good beginning February 22, 2015
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 […]
It was bound to end badly February 22, 2015
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 […]
Hattiesburg oilman Thomas Blanton has won an appeal on his $300 million class action lawsuit against Mississippi Power Co. over their rate increases due to cost over-runs on the Kemper County lignite plant. BY PAUL HAMPTON www.sunheerals.com firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2015 Photo credit:GEORGE CLARK/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD HATTIESBURG — Thomas A. Blanton is […]
Mississippi Power expects to ask for rehearing on ratepayer refund February 14, 2015
Mississippi Power Co. said Friday it expects to file for a rehearing by the state Supreme Court after the court Thursday ordered the rate increase paid by customers over the last two years be refunded. BY MARY PEREZ email@example.com Twitter: MaryPerezSHFebruary 13, 2015 Updated 10 hours ago Mississippi Power Co. said Friday it expects to […]
Court strikes down Kemper rate increases, orders refunds February 14, 2015
The Mississippi Supreme Court has invalidated the rate increases related to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant, and ordered refunds to the utility’s 186,000 ratepayers. Clay Chandler, The Clarion-Ledger11:47 a.m. CST February 13, 2015 Photo credit: Mississippi Power The Mississippi Supreme Court has invalidated the rate increases related to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County […]
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the March 5, 2013, rate increase granted by the Public Service Commission to Mississippi Power Co. and ordered the commission to direct that the money be refunded to ratepayers. BY MARY PEREZ firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: MaryPerezSH February 12, 2015 The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the March […]
Kemper Project costs grow by another $45 million February 5, 2015
Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project integrated gasification plant may become a technological dead-end. By Steve Wilson / February 5, 2015 / www.MississippiWatchdog.org Photo Credit and Caption: Southern Company – Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project is the state’s most expensive construction project, now up to 6.17 billion. Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project integrated gasification plant may become a technological dead-end. Costs […]
Expert says EPA plan will kill Mississippians February 3, 2015
Another good example of how regulatory over reach costs citizens and stymies economic growth. By Emily Le Coz The Clarion-Ledger February 2, 2015 Former Environmental Protection Agency regulator David Schnare urged Mississippi lawmakers to defy a federal rule requiring states to implement sweeping greenhouse-gas reduction plans, calling it both costly and illegal. Lawmakers […]
- 2/3/2015 MPC writes off additional $70M
Switchover at Mississippi PSC could have consequences for Kemper January 9, 2015
The Mississippi Public Service Commission will be two-thirds new come November, which could have serious consequences for prudency hearings on Mississippi Power’s oft-delayed Kemper Project. By Steve Wilson Mississippi Watchdog January 6, 2015 Photo Credit: Mississippi Power The Mississippi Public Service Commission will be two-thirds new come November, which could have serious consequences […]
Just finish it! December 5, 2014
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 […]
Who you gonna believe? November 17, 2014
The Marx Brothers and their zany comedy are long gone. But they have been reincarnated as an even zanier act: Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Lignite Plant. It is a small generating plant with a monstrous seemingly unbuildable chemical plant on the back of it. Kelley Williams, Chair Bigger Pie Forum, November 3, 2014 “Who you […]
Report on Kemper Project casts embattled power plant in poor light November 7, 2014
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 […]
- 10/28/2014 MPC writes off additional $330M
Company said Kemper COULD have a catastrophic explosion… But, not to worry… Summary by Charles Grayson Bigger Pie Forum October 24, 2014 Mississippi law established the Public Service Commission (PSC) with regulatory and quasi-judicial functions. The legislature also established the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff (MPUS) separate from the PSC. The primary functions of […]
Could the Kemper plant explode? October 20, 2014
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 […]
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 By The Associated Press on October 02, 2014 at 6:17 PM, updated October 02, 2014 at 7:57 PM JACKSON, Mississippi — Southern Co. said Thursday that […]
- 9/16/2014 Total project cost $5.81 B, Who pays for $3.96B, $1.6B written off, $0.245B DOE grant
Kemper: Turtles all the way down. September 4, 2014
Kemper’s fantasy is that worthless lignite can be turned into a syn gas substitute for natural gas in an experimental plant and burned in a slightly modified conventional natural gas plant to produce electricity cheaper than from natural gas. Kelley Williams, Chair Bigger Pie Forum, August 27, 2014 A myth is a widely held false […]
Kemper rate increases even felt on the soccer pitch August 18, 2014
The battle over Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project $5.53 billion first of its kind “clean coal” power plant has been waged in the hearing room at the Public Service Commission and in the Mississippi Supreme Court. By Steve Wilson / August 18, 2014 / Mississippi Watchdog.org The battle over Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project $5.53 billion first […]
Southern Company losing grip August 17, 2014
The Southern Co. was dealt a huge — and deserved — blow this week when Mississippi’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously to delay prudency hearings on the controversial “clean coal” plant the utility giant is building in Kemper County. Wyatt Emmrich The Northside Sun Editorials August 14, 2014 The Southern Co. was […]
Revenge of the guinea pigs August 15, 2014
Would Southern flip or try to flip its sub into bankruptcy? Would bankruptcy be worse for customers.? Would Kemper be viable after bankruptcy? What’s best for customers now? Kelley Williams Chair, Bigger Pie Forum August 7, 2014 The possibility of bankruptcy for Mississippi Power came up in a discussion last month with reporters […]
- 8/14/2014 MPC announces commercial operation on natural gas of combined cycle turbines (generation)
Frogs in a pot August 8, 2014
Will Kemper be the boondoggle that’s so bad it’s a game changer? Will it show customers the disdain that politicians and the company have for them? And make them say: Enough is enough. Stop it. We will not bail out companies who mislead us. Or elected officials. Let’s hope so. It’s time. Kelley Williams, Chair […]
$5.53 billion Kemper Project’s genesis a tangled path August 3, 2014
It’s a $5.53 billion sentinel, rising above and overlooking the pine forests north of Meridian, Miss., in Kemper County…How did it get here, this enormous steel structure, called at the same time the state’s biggest boondoogle and a great technological leap forward, a force capable of supplying the state’s energy needs for the next four […]
“The monopoly electric utility model is facing an existential crisis. From solar panels to LED lighting innovation and efficiencies are diminishing the demand fro kilowatt hours at the same time that fraccing reduces the need for capital investment. These secular developments will make growing earnings especially difficult for monopoly electric utilities in the years ahead.” […]
- 7/21/2014 Burns & Roe, Independent Monitorof the project for the MPUS files testimony with PSC damning both management compentence and timely disclosure by SoCo/MPC.
Follow the money July 17, 2014
Kemper is so irrational and unfair. How can it happen here? Is Mississippi just like Washington? Is everything political? By Kelley Williams Chair, Bigger Pie Forum July 7, 2014 Kemper is so irrational and unfair. How can it happen here? Is Mississippi just like Washington? Is everything political? Northsidesun readers are skeptical about […]
- To Q3, 2014 Additional $560M write offs by MPC
A big fat surprise. June 27, 2014
Facts are often suppressed because the establishment dictates what we “should” believe… whomever has the largest grant tends to have the largest opinion. Kelley Williams, Chair Bigger Pie Forum, June 12, 2014 You got your mind right, Luke? In 1616 the church told Italian astronomer Galileo not to teach that the earth orbited the sun. […]
WILL MISSISSIPPI POWER RETAIL RATES NOW BE REDUCED 18%? June 11, 2014
The deadline has come and gone…What will happen to the rates? By Charles Grayson Bigger Pie Forum June 2, 2014 The Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC) retail customers Kemper rate increases were approved by the Public Service Commission March 5, 2013. The increases totaled 18%, 15% in 2013 and 3% in 2014, in a […]
Clean coal power plants face serious problems June 10, 2014
So-called clean coal power plants might not be the answer to new EPA regulations governing the reduction of carbon dioxide. By Steve Wilson Mississippi Watchdog June 5, 2014 So-called clean coal power plants might not be the answer to new EPA regulations governing the reduction of carbon dioxide. The EPA released Monday new requirements for Mississippi that would […]
Wall Street says it’s stockholders vs ratepayers for Southern’s Kemper project. “I think that its future earnings remain sensitive to a recovery of costs through rate base increases and allowed return on equity. Therefore, the company needs to present a strong case in front of PSC for cost recovery, as only expenditures deemed prudent will […]
Top 10 crony capitalism deals in Mississippi June 2, 2014
A big part of Mississippi’s political landscape has been its willingness to use massive government incentives to lure business. Here’s 10 of the state’s most expensive and sometimes most notorious incentive deals over the past 30 years. A big part of Mississippi’s political landscape has been its willingness to use massive government incentives to lure business. […]
The EPA’s Carbon Capture Flip-Flop May 30, 2014
Great commentary from the Wall Street Journal regarding CCS…With great fanfare, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule last fall that would require all newly built coal-fired power plants in the U.S. to install an expensive new technology called carbon capture and storage, or CCS. With great fanfare, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule […]
What makes the Kemper County clean coal power plant’s outcome so crucial is that the plant is being used as a poster child for a new environmental initiative to reduce greenhouse gases in the generation of electricity. But it’s turning out to be a complete flop. Sometimes sales people are too good for their industry. […]
The Kemper dilemma – Editorial by Wyatt Emmerich May 20, 2014
One has to start wondering whether Mississippi Power Company will ever generate a kilowatt of electricity from coal gasification. One has to start wondering whether Mississippi Power Company will ever generate a kilowatt of electricity from coal gasification. Last week, the utility’s parent company announced yet another cost overrun and further delays at its experimental […]
Mississippi has another utility that would like, at least someday, to collect some money for a power plant it hasn’t built yet. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has another utility that would like, at least someday, to collect some money for a power plant it hasn’t built yet. Mississippi Power Co. has already raised rates […]
PSC process abuses Kemper’s customers May 5, 2014
…The Kemper plant is now over three times its announced cost and eleven times the cost of the same size natural gas plant – with more cost increases coming. Kemper Kemper is Mississippi Power’s $5.8 billion experimental plant to produce electricity from lignite (low grade coal). It is under construction, behind schedule, and way over […]
Waist deep in the Big Muddy April 26, 2014
And the big fool said to push on. Pete Seeger’s 1967 song was a metaphor for Lyndon Johnson and the Viet Nam War. It is now shorthand for a blind escalating commitment to a lost cause…Kemper’s Mississippi casualties are likely to include investments, jobs, the economy and the poor – if customers under Mississippi Power’s […]
Hearing Delayed on Mississippi Power Kemper Costs April 25, 2014
Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Upcoming hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. should be able to get customers to pay for its Kemper County power plant have been postponed. #The Mississippi Public […]
Coal’s Best Hope is Costly Power Plant in Mississippi April 15, 2014
Rising from the scrub pines of central Mississippi is a $5.2 billion construction project that may determine the future of coal in the age of global warming. Rising from the scrub pines of central Mississippi is a $5.2 billion constructionproject that may determine the future of coal in the age of global warming. It’s here in […]
Judge to look again at releasing Kemper records April 12, 2014
…evidence of inflated projections could help opponents argue that Kemper has been imprudent all along. A judge will sort out which records about Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant should be released to a group that opposes the plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas should release […]
Kemper Project costs rise another $177 million April 8, 2014
The cost of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project plant continues to rise. Additional construction and startup costs will likely cost $177 million, according to the an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Southern Co., Mississippi Power’s parent company, disclosed the filing Wednesday. The cost of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project plant continues to rise. Additional construction and […]
Real money and short attention spans April 3, 2014
Kemper in 30 seconds… Fun at lunch I was the speaker at a recent meeting of an old Jackson club. It was like lunch at Animal House. The club was founded in 1923, the year The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released. Lon Chaney was not present. Nor were any original members. However, many members […]
MEC poll: Health care ranks tops among Jackson businesses March 28, 2014
MEC says business worried about healthcare. According to CBO Mississippi will lose over 20,000 jobs due to Obamacare by 2014. MS could lose over 100,000 jobs due to Kemper. Kemper is 5X worse. MEC supports Kemper. JACKSON — Business and community leaders in the Jackson area believe health care tops the list of opportunities for […]
FROM TREES TO FUEL: KiOR’s Columbus , Mississippi plant is designed to turn biomass into gasoline and diesel fuel. PHOTO BY: KiOR Companies have placed high-risk wagers with Mississippi tax dollars on green energy. Now, those bets are coming due. FROM TREES TO FUEL: KiOR’s Columbus, Mississippi plant is designed to turn biomass into […]
- 2/19/2014 Southern files suite in Alabama against former manager gasifier construction
Two (Similar) Perspectives on Kemper February 14, 2014
Dentist and author Dr. Ed Holliday offered his opinion of the clean coal power plant in a February 8th “Point-Counterpoint” column that ran in the Daily Journal. Rev. James Hull, a journalist and political consultant, responded with a similar dislike of the project, comparing it to the infamous “Beef Plant” and reminding us of its […]
Will Some in Miss. Miss Out on Cheaper Energy? January 15, 2014
How Important is Kemper? December 11, 2013
Former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich recently said Kemper “may be the most important single experiment in developing electricity in the world today.” But is it the best for its own customers? Mississippi News Now reports the optimism of leaders at a recent energy summit and their desire to utilize all the state’s natural resources. Governor […]
Kemper Overtime, Overruns November 5, 2013
Last week, Mississippi Power announced a delay and an updated $5 billion price tag for the Kemper County gasification plant in its report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Kemper County coal plant isn’t getting any cheaper according to a piece by Sun Herald reporter Mary Perez. Last week, Mississippi Power announced a delay […]
Kemper “On the Record” November 4, 2013
On October 20th, Bigger Pie Forum board member Ashby Foote, III, and retired consultant Charles Grayson joined John Johnson of WTOK for an extended discussion of the issues surrounding the Kemper County power plant. On October 20th, Bigger Pie Forum board member Ashby Foote, III, and retired consultant Charles Grayson joined John Johnson of WTOK
Faulty Assumptions Led Kemper Down Wrong Track October 24, 2013
WTOK gets the take of business consultants Charles Grayson and Ashby Foote on the Kemper County coal plant. WTOK gets the take of business consultants Charles Grayson and Ashby Foote on the Kemper County coal plant in this clip from October 20, 2013. Grayson says the plant was justified on faulty assumptions and thinks the […]
Kemper Dollar Signs Are Warning Signs October 15, 2013
Kemper seems to have morphed from a model clean power plant to a warning sign, according to Monday’s Wall Street Journal. The Kemper power plant seems to have morphed from a model clean coal plant to a warning sign, according to a front page story in Monday’s Wall Street Journal. The article explains that while the […]
Group Protests Financial Burden of Kemper October 9, 2013
On Tuesday evening, Mississippians for Affordable Energy protested the financial burden that Kemper County coal plant would place on ratepayers. They held signs with slogans such as “We can’t afford Kemper” and “No Cronyism.” WTOK reports that on Tuesday evening, Mississippians for Affordable Energy protested the financial burden that Kemper County coal plant would place […]
Kemper: Good Investment of Dollars for Mississippi? September 19, 2013
With the EPA set to propose new carbon emission rules and hold forth the Kemper clean coal plant as a representative of carbon capture and storage technology, Bloomberg reviews the Kemper saga of cost overruns and controversy. With the EPA set to propose new carbon emission rules and hold forth the Kemper clean coal plant […]
Commissioner says no to Mississippi Power charging customers for MEI payment September 17, 2013
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley argues that the Commission should not allow Mississippi Power Company to charge ratepayers $45,000 it paid for membership with the Mississippi Energy Institute, because he considers the Institute a lobbying group. At the most recent Public Service Commission meeting, Commissioner Brandon Presley raised the issue of Mississippi Power Company seeking […]
InTRIGuing Chinese Interest in Kemper Technology August 20, 2013
Southern Company and its partner KBR have been marketing the technology being tested at the $4.7 billion Kemper Clean Coal Plant in Mississippi to the rest of the world. China seems particularly interested, because it already bought the technology from them twice. Southern Company and its partner KBR have been marketing the technology being tested […]
The Kemper Campaign Digs In July 18, 2013
To Civil War buffs the irony is clear – on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi Power (MP) is a company under heavy siege.
Bigger Pie Video: The Faces of Kemper June 30, 2013
Gulf Coast residents weigh in on electric bill increases that will fund Mississippi Power’s Kemper County clean coal plant. Gulf Coast residents weigh in on electric bill increases that will fund Mississippi Power’s Kemper County clean coal plant. Upcoming electricity bill increases due to Mississippi Power Company’s $4-billion clean coal plant under construction in Kemper […]
Kemper and the Fairness Police June 22, 2013
While the Fairness Police (aka Mississippi Public Service Commissioners) ponder what to do, they should not make any prudence determination until they see the Kemper plant operate routinely and know the cost of its electricity.
- 5/7/2013 The combined cost increases of 5/7/2012 and 4/23/2013 raised the plant cost estimate to $3.4 B versus the request cap increase to $3.2 B in March-May, 2010. Coincidence that 3 years earlier they requested a cap matching what the original MPC management team raised estimates to when legal and regulatory hurdles were cleared? The cost increase of $450M in July, 2013 was under new management.
- 5/xx/2013 DOE transfers grant from FL to MS, finalized at $245M construction, $50M operating costs
The Kemper Clean Coal Calamity Continues …February 13, 2013
There is a better solution that the parable’s Billy Frank would agree with. The Kemper project includes an 800-megawatt combined cycle plant that burns syngas from coal or natural gas.
Moral Markets vs. Cronyism August 29, 2012
“The link between economic liberty and public morality is not tenuous; it is clear and direct. Economic liberty exists where private property and the rule of law are respected.” In his book Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Robert Sirico makes the cogent point that liberty cannot stand on its own; […]
Kemper Plant costs more than $15,000 per customer August 28, 2012
While ratepayers usage of electricity varies, it’s illuminating to see how much Mississippi Power’s Kemper plant would cost on a per customer basis. Of course, all ratepayers are not equal. How much you pay depends on a variety of factors: how much energy you use, whether you’re a business or an individual, etc. That said, […]
Is Kemper Mississippi’s Money Pit? July 11, 2012
The Kemper County Coal Gasification plant has been a controversial project since 2009. The two big reasons are the enormous cost for ratepayers — $2.4 billion — and the fact that MP won’t guarantee the plant’s technology will even work.
GRN Supports BPF on Kemper May 23, 2012
Gulf Restoration Network joins BPF in challenging the cronyism of the Kemper plant. In an example of how challenging crony capitalism can be shared by different interest groups, Andrew Whitehurst over at Gulf Restoration Network celebrated Ashby Foote’s critique of the Kemper plant on his blog: “In this op-ed, Foote deftly explains how Mississippi Power […]
- 5/7/2012-7/29/2013 $1.5 B increase in construction costs for Kemper over 15 months in 3 announcements. Each announced cost increase came immediately after legal or regulatory rulings crucial to MPC.
- 5/7/2012 MPC announces cost increase of $488M to a plant cost of $2.88 B
Kemper County Kilowatts? Think Again! May 2, 2012
Three years after it was first proposed, Mississippi Power’s (MP) Kemper County Coal Gasification Plant continues to produce more controversy than kilowatts.
- 4/24/2012 PSC in a hastily called meeting of under 1 minute, approves CPCN for the Kemper lignite plant to meet the need for the 11/9/2009 approved new capacity. $1.38 B had been spent through April, 2012.
- 3/15/2012 Supreme court ruling remands CPCN decision back to PSC in a 1 minute meeting to approve Kemper
- 3/8/2012 MPUS Independent Monitor informed by MPC of cost increase, est of $376M. See 5/7/2012
- 1/25/2012 Q 4, 2011 Analyst call, Tom Fanning, Southern CEO. Page 3 of transcript. “Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 and Plant Ratcliffe in Kemper County Mississippi are progressing well. All targets related to cost and schedule remained achievable.”
- 6/3/2010 PSC approves CPCN for Kemper but court reverses it putting Kemper into limbo 2 more years.
- 5/14/2010 Construction begins at Kemper site, spending on plant thru August, 2010 was $151.7M
- 4/29/2010 Hearing on cap increase and prudency issues.
- 3/12/2010 MPC petitions PSC to raise cap by 33% to $3.2 billion. Attorney General weighs in.
- 11/9/2009 PSC approves the Need and Necessity for new capacity BUT NOT WHAT TYPE PLANT. Plant cap $2.4 B
- 2009-QII,2012 Duke announces several large cost increases for Edwardsport. Key decisions for Kemper take place sandwiched between Duke problems and cost issues which are public knowledge
- 6/1/2008 Duke breaks ground for the Edwardsport gasifier plant, 2 years to the month ahead of Kemper
- 5/9/2008 Mississippi Baseload Act signed by Governor
- 2007-2009 Officially studying the need for capacity while on the ground the Kemper project proceeds
- 12/ 12/ 2006 Governor Barbour and MPC make separate announcements of Kemper lignite plant.
- 11/7/ 2006 MPC files with PSC for approval to STUDY the need for new capacity.