Dignitaries Visit Kemper County Coal Plant

Kemper County, Miss. Dignitaries and energy representatives from eight different countries were present at the Kemper County Coal Plant. The U.S. Secretary of Energy, CEO of Southern Company and Mississippi's governor are just a few of the dignitaries from our own country.

"Having the U.S. Secretary of Energy here, leaders from other countries here, I think helps play up the message of I think something that's very deserving of a story here in Mississippi," said Patrick Sullivan, the president of the Mississippi Energy Institute.

Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz says that's because the technology used at the plant is so innovative that it could soon be setting a precedent across the world.

"It's just a tremendous integrated plant. It's a plant of the future. We're going to need not 10, maybe 100 more of these plants in the future," Dr. Moniz said.

The minister of petroleum and energy from Norway says a facility like this is expensive today, but eventually saves money - an aspect that interests many countries.

"That is the key element to make this a world-wide thing," Tord Lien said. "So every time it's built, it helps bring the cost down long term."

The key is technology at the plant is called carbon-capturing, a process that's significantly cheaper than the methods used by most plants, which require pure oxygen.

"Is that not all our dreams, to be the most efficient, most effective, the cleanest energy absolutely possible, and to share it with the rest of the world?" Gov. Phil Bryant asked.

This is an energy to be shared soon.

While this is still an active construction site and work is ongoing, officials say they expect this plant to be complete by next year and in operation by the fall.