Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kemper to suspend gasifier ops

The Public Service Commission issued the following press release.

Mississippi Power Company to Suspend Gasifier Operations at Kemper County Facility

JACKSON, Mississippi – This afternoon, Mississippi Power Company notified the Mississippi Public Service Commission that it will immediately suspend lignite coal gasification operations at its Kemper County facility; the plant will continue operating as a natural gas plant.

Last week, the Mississippi Public Service Commission moved to have Mississippi Power Company and other parties reach a settlement in the Kemper County Power Plant case to relicense the plant as a natural gas facility. Also, the Public Service Commission moved for a settlement that would, at a minimum, result in no rate increase to customers and shield customers from any risks surrounding the lignite coal portion of the plant. Parties were given 45 days to reach a settlement once the Commission enters its order on the matter.

As settlement negotiations between the Public Utilities Staff, Mississippi Power Company, and other parties continue, the Public Service Commission will proceed with its plan to issue an order addressing the future of the Kemper County facility at its meeting on July 6, 2017.


Anonymous said...

THE largest cluster-f??? that ever hit Mississippi - and that's saying something.

Anonymous said...

$7 billion down the drain.

They can't even pretend to try to make ratepayers swallow this one.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I am going to post this, but I'm glad I'm an MP&L Entergy customer.

Anonymous said...

Where's Crawford and Boss Hogg now?

Anonymous said...

Quick, somebody rustle up a cipher for me. How many beef plants equals $7 billion?

Anonymous said...

This is making me a bit gaseous.

Anonymous said...

Boss Hog is busy working on his next project. Friends of Haley have to eat.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you get three unqualified people to run for office and let the power company finance their campaigns, promise everyone with a truck a high paying job in Kemper county and do the opposite of every utility company in North America.

Only in government and politics can you be fail so miserably and still have a job.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

@ June 28, 2017 at 11:12 PM

Let me help you out a little - because you make a great point - but when you need to add some flavor to it

"This is what happens in MISSISSIPPI, when you get three unqualified people to run for office and let the power company finance their campaigns, promise ALL THE GOOD OL' BOYS with a truck a high paying job in Kemper county and do the opposite of every utility company in North America.

Only in government and politics in MISSISSIPPI can you be fail so miserably and still have a job."

The love affair with futility and misery continues! LOL!!!!

And you really want to put the icing on this sh*t cake - the same people are about to elect Maximus Tater Thot to become the next governor of Mississippi, because they know it will piss the liberals off! LMAO!!!

Cut off your nose in spite of your face is the logic of Mississippi Republicans

Anonymous said...

That equals 150 beef plants. Does Patrick Sullivan (who brought us the beef plant) and the Ms. Energy Institute (he leads) still think its a great idea? Oh wait, they still think nuclear waste in Ms. salt domes is a good idea. Suggestion for new name; Ms. Energy Prostitutes.

Anonymous said...

Dorsey was able to get back several million dollars for the state in litigation for the beef plant.....maybe Dorsey can help the state recoup some funds from this debacle?

Anonymous said...

Just an observation:

Haley Barbour's page at Butler-Snow says he oversaw the $5.4 billion Katrina recovery. The Kemper plant has now cost $7.something billion, with $4.something billion in overages. Think of all the absolute waste and pocket-lining that went on in both. And then, think of what all those billions could have accomplished if not for all that waste and pocket-lining. On the other hand, maybe Mississippi isn't 50th in some areas.

Anonymous said...

I think it might be prudent for someone to look into all the land purchases around that albatross by MPC that were really not necessary.

1. Who facilitated the purchases on behalf of MPC and no doubt profited from it?
2. Why would MPC agree to pay over the top inflated prices for land they did not need under what appears to be the poor excuse of a buffer zone?
3. How much of the overage attributed to the plant's cost was used in the property acquisition?
4. What will become of the land holdings now?
5. If MPC needs to divest itself of the land to offset their gross negligent and fraudulent crap shoot, how will the sell be handled?
6. Will the same party that handling the purchase, also handle the sale and get another commission?
7. Will the land be offered at the inflated price it was purchased for or fair market value?
8. If the land is sold at once but by the parcel, will it be disposed of at fire sale prices?
9. Who will retain the mineral rights if applicable?
10. Better yet, will the same party that facilitated the acquisition be allowed directly or through a proxy, purchase any of the land themselves?

So many questions.

Anonymous said...

10:26am, while someone did probably profit nicely off of the land purchases, that isn't the cause of the overruns. The ones who got the fattest are the ones who built it.

Anonymous said...

3:33 I don't see where they said it was the sole cause of overruns. The questions are valid ones and all that property and the people in the middle of it, is just another worm in a big old can of serious fraud.

Anonymous said...

MPC willfully or negligently ignored the paradigm shift of a fracking revolution that brought a natural gas revolution

Anonymous said...

As one of the poor bastards that gets to buy his overpriced electricity from this boondoggle, I am most happy this stupid experiment is hopefully over. The first time (maybe not the last) I have ever voted for a democrat, Cecil Brown. Entergy is at 0.08 cents per kilowatt h last I looked. MPC is at 0.14 cents. Now, tell me why it is a group is stuck with a given provider? Surely technology exists so EMEPA could be selected and not MPC? It is funny that the poor people of this region had no better protection than Haley Barber and his cronies. No other way out of overinflated electricity. Good job assholes!

Anonymous said...

10:26 - Look no further than lawyers and many Good Ole Boys.

MS needs to adopt a Co-Op system, like TX, which of course SoCo is against. Competition would prevent experiments like this paid for by ratepayers.

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