The Kemper County Lignite Plant is a cancer in Mississippi's economy. Bigger Pie has done an extensive body of work regarding the Kemper Plant through the years. From the beginning, the plant's additional capacity was not needed. For years, the building of this plant soared over budget and time constraints ending up costing over $7 billion and 7 years to construct a plant which ultimately did not work.
While energy research is important, there are some experiments that the federal government needs to stop funding.
Southern violates the first law of holes: when you are in a hole, quit digging. It keeps throwing good money after bad at its Mississippi Kemper Lignite Project. That may be because it thinks it’s throwing customer’s money. That will be the case if Mississippi’s Public Service Commission makes customers pay for Southern’s mistakes. The commissioners are politicians. They may do it.
“The review of Mississippi Power’s ratings considers the declining competitiveness of the Kemper Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant as project costs have continued to rise, operating costs are increasing, and natural gas prices remain low…” and “The review also reflects the continued inability of the company to place the plant into service, with nine schedule extensions of the in-service date announced thus far, the most recent last week.”
The Kemper Project clean coal power plant has been generating electricity using natural gas since 2014, but now the facility is generating something else for its owner — lawsuits.
It is time for the PSC to acknowledge the naked facts and Rule the lignite portions of Kemper Not Useful.