PSC Issues New Ruling for Kemper Lignite Plant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

State regulators have loosened some of their earlier restrictions on Mississippi Power Co.'s proposed coal-fired electrical generating plant in Kemper County, including a decision that would let the company collect construction costs from ratepayers.

The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday on the new conditions for the plant application.

Last month, the commission approved the application but with a lengthy set of conditions that Mississippi Power said would have made it impossible for the company to finance or build the plant.

Mississippi Power spokeswoman Cindy Duvall said the company had no immediate comment on the PSC decision, but would issue a statement later.


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  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    oh boy ll have to get a life not in my back yard but YOU are the first ones with yip about not having power.. get over the __ and stop reading about facts that are 30 yrs outdated on facts ..... oh and you that say if they cant afford it and have you pay for it then toss your loans and next thing you buy like a house atv car etc.. DONT unless you have the money for it
  • by Kemper Citizen Location: Kemper on May 28, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    I live within 3 miles of where the plant will be built. I have opposed it from the start. I hope that Ms. Power runs into every possible problem there is when they start on it. They don't care about our community, or what health problems this plant is going to cause. If Ms. Power can't afford to build this plant on their own, then why buld it and make their customers pay for it. Electric bills are high enough as it is and now they are going up more. Maybe some of Ms. Power customers will regret not opposing this plant like some of us Kemper Residents, when their electric bill goes out of sight!!!
  • by EMEPA Customer on May 27, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    if the customers of mp and emepa are paying for this stupid thing we should get a check when and if it turns a profit right...yeah. if a new plant is needed so bad there is a nearly new plant sitting idle in enterprise,ms near a natural gas plant....going to waste. is that the future of this one also...to sit there if it turns bad
  • by William Location: Meridian on May 27, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    Everyone is talking about the money and it is onerous, but the pollution has not been talked about. This is strip mining and it is not pretty.It ruins the productivity of the land. Even though this process is cleaner than some it still spews tons of air pollution, and there will be water pollution too. Ask yourself why they are building this in the poorest county in the region?
  • by citizen of meridian Location: meridian on May 27, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    That lady yall voted in as mayor needs to take that money which is going to be made from selling graywater to ms.power and paved these roads and streets in meridain because they look like ____ and they are tearing up our vehicles. Thats all she talked about during her campaigne was rebuilding meridian and she hasnt showed me one ____ thing but that she could run her mouth!!!
  • by Stephanie on May 27, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    Denise: Your comment is right and wrong. The people in Kemper are not going to be the ones paying for the project. Most Kemper electricity comes from TVA. They will impose no rate increase. The people here in Lauderdale County are the ones who are funding this project through large rate increases. However, you are correct about the employment issue. Even the NAACP openly opposed this project and made comments at the hearings because the workforce in Kemper is not skilled enough to run this plant. Most of the workers will be trained people brought in by MS Power. If Kemper County thinks this business venture is going to bring them much needed jobs, the are sadly mistaken.
  • by Denise on May 27, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    Owow!The people who live in Kemper county have to pay for the project,and sad part is MPS won't even hire no one from the county. But that will have to pay for it. That _____!
  • by me 2 on May 27, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Stephanie, you are exactly right! I'm sure once the power bills go up there will be a lot more folks protesting this project. It's too late now! We'll have to suck it up and hand our money over to MS Power every month on the hopes of a project that will bring them profit IF it works. It makes me sick to even think about it!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    I don't understand how land was paid for before this proposal went in front of the committee. They were going to pass it no matter what because they already paid for the land and paving. It was just for show.
  • by Stephanie Location: Meridian on May 27, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    Well people, start saving your money. For those of us on MS Power and EMEPA we will see a huge rate increase. If you think your $400 bill just so you can stand the August heat was high, you will be shocked by your bill this year. There is one group of people that have nothing to worry about though- that is the Kemper County people who got paid big bucks for their property, and pushed the project. They buy their power directly from TVA and will experience no rate increase. They profit while we pay for the project. If you did nothing to protest this project, you have no right to be angry when your power bill is more than you are able to pay. For anybody interested, read the comment from Chairman Brandon Presley on the PSC website. He did not vote for the project, and his statements should be an eyeopener.
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