Failure to achieve COD for the lignite processing assets would be a big win for the rate payers.
Is it finally time for the gasifier death spiral to accelerate?
Commissioners, if Southern won’t make the hard decision, it’s up to you.
Mississippi Power is solving problems at its Kemper clean coal power plant only for new ones to appear.
Bigger Pie Forum has long felt the gasifier units (the engine) would never work reliably for long periods. The small temperature range within which the gasifier units must operate cannot be controlled uniformly across the large reactors.
“… it’s very unlikely that the gasifier will work by the June hearing. Which means there will be no consideration of its “used and usefulness.” Which means it will not be deemed “prudent.” Which means customers don’t have to pay for it. Except they already are.”
Abandon ship! Abandon ship! Will Southern’s CEO Tom Fanning go down with the ship? He commanded Kemper’s boondoggle to work. It hasn’t anyway. King Canute commanded the tide not to come in. It did anyway. Two egomaniacs? No. Just one. King Canute knew better.
We predicted Mississippi Power and Southern Cos would opt for a negotiated settlement of Kemper cost recovery if the free pass from Mississippi Regulators ended.
Southern Company is struggling to complete two nuclear plants under construction. So it pulls the plug on a planned new nuclear plant. It’s struggling with the Kemper “clean coal plant” too. No announcement yet about all its touted future “Kempers.”
…the more states support renewables, the more they pay for conventional power plants, too, using “capacity payments” to alleviate intermittency. In effect, politicians rather than markets are once again deciding how to avoid blackouts.” And we know politicians are really smart about energy as Kemper proves.