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.
According to this, there was some politics involved. Shocking!
It might be cheaper to run the Kemper Project clean coal power plant’s turbines on natural gas, but Mississippi Power wants customers to pay most of the cost for the coal gasification part of the plant.
While energy research is important, there are some experiments that the federal government needs to stop funding.