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.
Mississippi Power continues to struggle to get its Kemper Project clean coal power plant operational. None of the issues keeping the facility from getting up and running have easy solutions.
Mississippi Power announced Tuesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the Kemper Project clean coal power plant’s commercial operation date will be pushed back to next month.
It is time for the PSC to acknowledge the naked facts and Rule the lignite portions of Kemper Not Useful.
When talking about the Kemper Project clean coal power plant, it’s easy to get hung up on the plant’s capital costs, now up to nearly $6.9 billion.
Kemper was a political decision in 2006 which legislative and regulatory processes have simply confirmed from 2009 all the way to the present, a mistake driven by a Federal grant tied to lignite gasification.
The PSC knowingly treating Kemper lignite gasification investment, operating and maintenance costs as a utility rather than the fuel factory they are, allowed Mississippi Power Co. (MPC) to play Three-Card Monte with customers as their mark.
Kemper’s fantasy is that worthless lignite can be turned into a syn gas substitute for natural gas in an experimental plant and burned in a slightly modified conventional natural gas plant to produce electricity cheaper than from natural gas. Kelley Williams, Chair Bigger Pie Forum, August 27, 2014 A myth is a widely held false […]
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