Southern Company

More News and Commentary

Coal Makes Poor People Poorer

Dana Nuccitelli for The Guardian: A dozen international poverty and development organizations published a report last week on the impact of building new coal power plants in countries where a large percentage of the population lacks access to electricity. The report’s conclusions are strikingly counter-intuitive: on the whole, building coal power plants does little to […]

Read More →

On the Blogs: Operating Costs for Kemper Plant Going Up by 288 Percent

By Steve Wilson for MississippiWatchdog.org: When talking about the Kemper Project clean coal power plant, it’s easy to get hung up on the plant’s capital costs, now up to nearly $6.9 billion. Like an iceberg, there is a cost category lurking below the surface that could add up to even higher utility bills for Mississippi Power’s 186,000 customers in […]

Read More →

Kemper’s Troubled Coal-Gasification Plant Goes Further Over Budget, Misses Another Completion Deadline

From the Associated Press: Mississippi Power Co. is adding another month to the construction schedule and another $62 million to the cost of the power plant it’s building in Kemper County. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the parent of the electrical utility, announced Monday that it’s pushing back the completion date from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30. […]

Read More →

Op-Ed: Mississippi’s ‘Clean Coal’ Boondoggle

Mark Klinedinst for the Hattiesburg American: The Kemper County Energy Facility by Mississippi Power and the Southern Co. is putting an undue hardship on the 23 southern Mississippi counties through higher electric rates. This approximately $7 billion boondoggle will produce, if it ever actually goes online, the same power as a gas plant that might […]

Read More →

On the Blogs: Southern Company’s Campaign to Export Its Broken ‘Clean Coal’ Technology

Zachary Davies Boren at EnergyDesk.Greenpeace.org: The company behind America’s flagship ‘clean coal’ project tried to push the technology on countries around the world, even after it discovered its profound problems. Last month a New York Times investigation chronicled the spiraling costs, missed deadlines, technical issues and administrative chaos at Southern Company’s coal gasification facility in […]

Read More →

More Cost Overruns at Kemper Coal-Gasification Plant

Jeff Amy for the Associated Press: Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $9 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost toward $6.8 billion. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. will absorb the cost, part of $2.5 billion it’s absorbing. Southern Co. will write off $38 million before taxes […]

Read More →

On the Blogs: An ‘Unraveling’ at Southern Company’s Kemper Experiment

Matt Kasper for EnergyPolicy.org: Southern Company has unveiled a new corporate brand. This comes a week after the monopoly utility was the center of a New York Times investigation revealing poor company management and potential fraud, according to a whistleblower and numerous previously undisclosed documents. In the wake of acquiring the natural gas company, AGL […]

Read More →

On the Radio: How a $6.4 Billion ‘Clean Coal’ Project Went Awry

Ari Shapiro and Ian Urbina on NPR: ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: A key part of President Obama’s climate plan sits off line in rural Mississippi. It’s a coal plant that was supposed to open two years ago. It is $4 billion over budget and the focus of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The […]

Read More →

Mississippi $6.4 Billion ‘Clean Coal’ Project Is Failing

Ian Urbina for the New York Times: The fortress of steel and concrete towering above the pine forest here is a first-of-its-kind power plant that was supposed to prove that “clean coal” was not an oxymoron — that it was possible to produce electricity from coal in a way that emits far less pollution, and […]

Read More →

Costs Continue to Mount at Kemper Coal-Gasification Project in Mississippi

Steve Wilson for Watchdog.org: Mississippi Power announced Friday the Kemper Project coal gasification power plant will cost an additional $18 million and could be delayed even further. The total estimated cost of the plant now stands at $6.6 billion. More delays — which the company says will add up to $25 million to $35 million […]

Read More →