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.”
It is time for the PSC to acknowledge the naked facts and Rule the lignite portions of Kemper Not Useful.
Mississippi Power says it’s pushing back the start date another month the controversial Kemper County Energy Facility. As MPB’s Mark Rigsby reports, estimated costs for the nearly $7 billion plant continue to increase.
The Kemper clean lignite project is a cancer in Mississippi’s economy. It must be treated quickly if Southeast Mississippi’s economy is to avoid an agonizing death spiral.
“This will be very expensive even if it fulfills all the promises,” said Bigger Pie Forum Board Member Charles Grayson.
How much should Southern Co pay for their mistakes? The PSC will answer that question. Short of proving fraud or gross misrepresentations, it could take years to resolve. That would damage economic development in MPC’s rate area.
The New York Times, Ian Urbina is talking with Charles Grayson, energy analyst, and Brett Wingo, former engineer from Kemper plant who blew whistle on problems ranging from mismanagement to fraud.
A Mississippi project, a centerpiece of President Obama’s climate plan, has been plagued by problems that managers tried to conceal, and by cost overruns and questions of who will pay.
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