Mississippi Power Confirms Kemper Plant Delay

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Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi Power Co. says its Kemper County power plant won't be finished by the original May 2014 deadline.

The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said Wednesday the plant would start service sometime later in 2014.

The company will have to repay $133 million in federal tax credits it received with the condition of meeting the May deadline.

The company had warned of possible delays recently.

In a stock filing, Mississippi Power says there could be further cost overruns at the $4.7 billion plant.

Southern Co. has already written off $990 million in costs, but says tax credit changes won't cause a direct charge against profits.

The company says it could seek to recover additional interest costs from ratepayers, but such recovery would face approval by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.