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.
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.
As we have been saying…
According to a new report from an independent monitor, the $7 billion Kemper Project clean coal power plant narrowly avoided a serious accident in October when 1,750 degree synthesis gas backed up into the coal feed system.
The PSC has not been useful. It does not deserve customers’ trust. Or the publics’. Or the legislatures’. It does not deserve more responsibility. Can the new Chairman and commissioners restore trust?
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.
“Other local heroes include the Sierra Club, Brett Wingo (the former plant manager who became a whistleblower), Steve Wilson at WatchDog.org and the folks at BiggerPieForum.org who have helped make transparent the ever-escalating costs of this fiasco.”