Regulators weigh Kemper plant’s future

Key players involved with the Kemper County energy facility project, including energy corporations to environmental groups, presented arguments to state utility regulators that will determine the future of the plant

Mississippi Power customers dodge $2.8 billion bill for Kemper technology

Mississippi Power Co. customers are off the hook. Atlanta-based Southern Co. said Wednesday it will absorb $2.8 billion in costs related to the Kemper County energy facility’s lignite coal gasification project. Southern, the parent company of Mississippi Power, said in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that cost recovery from Mississippi Power customers for the $7.5 billion plant’s gasification technology “is no longer probable.” So the utility will absorb the cost of the gasification portions of the plant and its adjacent lignite coal mine.