Kemper County Plant Construction Delayed

Meridian, Miss.
Mississippi Power Co.'s CEO says the Kemper County coal plant is now 80 percent complete.

But Ed Holland says the overall completion date of the project has been delayed beyond May 2014, which the company recently announced.

Holland said the rainy weather in June, July, and August is the main reason for the delay. He says officials are working right now to determine exactly when everything will be ready to go.

Holland says the weather delays will not impact ratepayers.

"We have in place a seven-year plan with the public service commission, subject to their approval. Fifteen percent of those rates went into effect in April of this year," said Holland. "Three percent will go into effect in May and there will be approximately a four percent increase sometime in late '14 or early '15 for a total of twenty-two percent. It could be a little less than that; it could be a little more than that."

Holland says there are currently about 6,000 workers at the plant. There will be roughly 300 permanent workers once the plant is finished.