Mississippi Power Company

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Mississippi Power
Type Public company
Founded 1925
Headquarters Gulfport, Mississippi
Key people Anthony J. Topazi (President & CEO)
Industry Utilities
Website www.MississippiPower.com

Mississippi Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility and a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta based Southern Company. Mississippi Power Company (MPC) is headquartered in Gulfport, Mississippi.

"Mississippi Power has 1,253 employees and serves most of the cities, towns, and communities within the 23 counties of southeast Mississippi. The utility also serves six REA-financed (Rural Electrification Administration) electric cooperatives: Coast EPA (Electric Power Association), Singing River EPA, Southern Pine EPA, Dixie EPA, Pearl River EPA and East Mississippi EPA - and one municipality, City of Collins, with wholesale electric power which, in turn, they resell to customers in southeast Mississippi." [1]

Existing Coal Plants

Coal accounts for 53.89% of Mississippi Power's generation, and oil & natural gas for the remaining 46.11%.[2]

Plant State Year(s) Built Capacity
Jack Watson Generating Plant MS 1968, 1973 750 MW
Victor J. Daniel Generating Plant MS 1977, 1981 1,000 MW
Greene County Steam Plant (40 percent ownership) AL 1955, 1956 568 MW
Lonnie P. Sweatt Electric Generating Plant MS 80,000 kW
Barney Eaton Electric Generating Plant (Plant Eaton) MS 1945 67.5 MW

Combustion Turbines:[2]

  • Chevron Cogenerating Plant (Jackson County, Mississippi)
  • Plant Sweatt (Meridian, Mississippi)
  • Plant Watson (Gulfport, Mississippi)

Clean Coal and the Kemper Project

MPC is seeking regulatory approval to build a 582-megawatt plant using Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG) technology in Kemper County, Miss, the Kemper Project. The proposed plant would include 65 percent carbon capture and sequestration. TRIG is an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology developed by Southern Company, KBR Inc., and other partners, including the U.S. Department of Energy, at the DOE's research facility in Wilsonville, Alabama that is managed and operated by Southern Company. The technology will then be exported to China. [3]

On March 16, 2009, Entegra Power Group LLC and Magnolia Energy LP, requested that the Public Service Commission (PSC) suspend action on the certification of public convenience and necessity pending an analysis of Mississippi's future energy needs. On April 3, 2009, the Sierra Club argued against the certification of public convenience, stating that a NEPA review and air permit must first be completed. Attorney General Jim Hood has also supported the motion. On May 5, 2009, the PSC held a public hearing on the motion but a ruling has not been issued yet.[4]

In May 2010, MPC said it will move forward to build the costly Kemper County IGCC plant after state regulators loosened restrictions that the utility said earlier would kill the project. MPC has said it expects customer rates to increase by one-third over the next decade -- with or without Kemper -- as it meets future power needs and complies with environmental regulation. It said fuel savings from Kemper would eventually allow rates to stabilize, although testimony at the regulatory hearings showed the plant might never provide savings for customers, depending on future gas prices.[5]

The plant will get $682 million in federal subsidies and tax credits, and an unspecified amount of federal loan guarantees. Southern and its peers have been scouring the Southeast since 2003 for locations where carbon dioxide gas can buried. One option under consideration is nearly depleted oil fields, where oil companies pay $30 per ton for carbon gas used to force more oil to the surface, said Tom Sarkus, of the Clean Coal Power Initiative: "We have all this talk about carbon caps and the oil industry can't get their hands on enough CO2." Southern has injected about 4,000 tons of carbon into test wells in Mississippi and Alabama. Each of Southern's coal plants emit 1 million to 5 million tons of carbon dioxide yearly.[6]

Contact Information

Mississippi Power Company
2992 West Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: 866-251-1943
Website: http://www.mississippipower.com/

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "About Mississippi Power Company" Mississippi Power Company Website, August 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "About Mississippi Power Company" Mississippi Power Company Website, August 2009.
  3. "Southern Company to Deploy Clean Coal Technology in China" PR Newswire, Sept 17, 2009
  4. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  5. "SME May Buy Southern’s $450M Coal Stake" EMII.com, June 23, 2010.
  6. Margaret Newkirk, "Southern Co. moves ahead on ‘clean coal'" The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 30, 2010.

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