by Steve Wilson
December 1, 2015
“Four intervenors in the battle over the controversial Kemper Project “clean coal” power plant have filed objections with regulators over a possible deal that would reduce a Mississippi Power rate increase by 3 to 5 percent.
The Mississippi Public Service Commission received the objections from intervenors Thomas Blanton, who ran unsuccessfully for the PSC Southern District seat this year, and a joint brief filed by Chevron, several federal agencies and Greenleaf CO2 on Nov. 24. The group asked the PSC to reconsider giving Mississippi Power $126 million per year in rate increases to help cover costs on the components of the Kemper Project generating power on natural gas since 2014. That’s $32 million less than what the company asked for at the outset.
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The intervenors also want a prudency hearing — which determines whether the company was justified in its spending on the power plant — delayed until the entire facility is in operation. If the PSC rules Mississippi Power’s spending on the plant was justified, it can pass those costs onto consumers via rate increases.”
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