ISS – Mississippi coal plant taken to court

ISS – Mississippi coal plant taken to court.

Mississippi coal plant taken to court

kemper_coal_plant_press_conf.jpgBy Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf

On Monday, Feb. 14, the Sierra Club took Mississippi Power’s proposed lignite coalmine and power plant to court, as part of its ongoing attempt to stop the project from being built.

In a morning press conference, the environmental group and a diverse range of residents and advocates voiced their opposition to the project, calling it “dirty, expensive, and unnecessary.” They said residents of south Mississippi simply cannot afford the $2.4 billion project, which is expected to bring a 48% rate increase to Mississippi Power’s residential consumers.

Rose Johnson, founder of the North Gulfport Community Land Trust and former head of the Sierra Club’s Mississippi Chapter, spoke about the impact the project would have on the African American community of North Gulfport. “My opposition arises from the numbing and debilitating effect that a 48% rate hike would have on my community and its citizens. Many are struggling to make ends meet. The last thing they need … is an unnecessary, expensive, $3 billion coal plant.”

Byron Johnson spoke to the impact such a dramatic rate hike would have on local business. “We will not be able to survive a [rate] increase,” he said of the two Gulfport restaurants he owns.

The project, slated for Kemper County, was initially rejected by Mississippi’s Public Service Commission, which cited its “unprecedented risk” and expense to ratepayers. But then the Commission reversed its decision, granting a certificate the project needs to move forward.

Sierra Club through its attorney Robert Wiygul argued that this “flip-flop” decision is arbitrary and not supported by the Commission’s own findings. They say that the Commission must justify its decision with more substantial evidence that the project is in the public interest, or stick with its earlier decision and not grant the certificate at all.

Many of Wiygul’s arguments came from the Commission’s earlier decision to reject the project. He cited the Commission’s comments that it would be “too big to fail,” and create “unprecedented risk” and “unprecedented cost” for ratepayers in Southern Mississippi.

Wiygul said that the Commission failed to explain how these, and a total of 11 risks it initially identified, were no longer of concern. 

Through his questioning, Chancery Court Judge Jim Persons appeared to have similar concerns, saying that the Commission did not address whether ratepayers will be able to afford a 48% increase in energy bills. The Judge said he will make his decision within two weeks.

Mississippi Power’s attorney Ben Stone argued that diversifying Mississippi’s energy sources with lignite coal would be cheaper for the ratepayer, pointing to the volatility of natural gas prices. But he failed to offer specifics to counter the claim that rates would rise by nearly half for Mississippi Power customers.

Passing this “unprecedented cost” off on ratepayers is enabled by a 2008 Mississippi law, which allows power companies to pay for plants before they are built through rate increases, rather than paying for upfront costs themselves or through private investors.

In addition to rate increases, which would begin in 2014, opponents have concerns about the environmental and human health impacts of lignite coal mining. The Sierra Club says the Kemper County project would displace hundreds of residents, strip mine 45 square miles, create a 500 acre dump for toxic ash, and emit mercury into streams, wetlands and neighboring communities.

No matter the environmental impacts, Sierra Club calls building any new power plant in Mississippi “unnecessary” because current plants and new energy efficiency projects can easily meet the state’s energy needs for decades to come.

(In the photo by Ada McMahon, Rose Johnson and other residents, business owners, advocates and elected officials from the Mississippi Gulf Coast speak out against the Kemper County power plant at the Harrison County Courthouse on Feb. 14, 2011.)

DEMONSTRATION Unit in Wilsonville, Alabama = Unproven Technology

The public is told by a Mississippi Public Service

Commissioner that this Lignite Coal Gasification 

Process is proven, solid, even guaranteed technology.

However there is much to be learned from a scale 

model to be built in China in 2012.  The new Kemper

power plant will be paid for in advance by Mississippi

citizens no matter the cost no matter the risk.  

It is being built as you read this.

TRIG™ Project

Demonstration & Project Information

TRIG Demonstration Unit at Wilsonville, Alabama, USA

KBR and Southern Company developed TRIG™ and related systems for commercial implementation of power, chemicals and fuels applications in conjunction with the DOE at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) in Wilsonville, Alabama, USA. The PSDF is an engineering-scale demonstration of TRIG™ and associated critical subsystems.

The operational experience gained by KBR and our partners at the demonstration unit is the basis of a planned, full-scale, commercial implementation of TRIG™ technology to produce 600 MWe power in Mississippi, USA. The IGCC project for Mississippi Power is based on lignite coal gasification and will employ two KBR TRIG™ gasifiers operating in air-blown mode to produce clean coal energy.

Southern Company to Launch Technology in China Before Mississippi

Southern Company to Deploy Clean Coal Technology in ChinaPRNewswire

ATLANTA, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southern Company today announced that China will be the site for the first worldwide commercial implementation of the Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG™) technology for producing low-emission coal-based electricity.

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TRIG is an advanced integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology that produces electricity with lower emissions than traditional coal power plants. It also is compatible with lower rank coals that are abundant in China.

The technology was developed by Southern Company, KBR Inc., and other partners, including the U.S. Department of Energy, at the DOE’s research facility in Wilsonville, Ala., that is managed and operated by Southern Company.

Under the terms of their technology licensing arrangements with KBR Inc., the companies will provide Beijing Guoneng Yinghui Clean Energy Engineering Co., Ltd. with licensing, engineering services and proprietary equipment for the implementation of TRIG technology at a power plant operated by Dongguan Tianming Electric Power Co., Ltd. (Dongguan TMEP) in Guandong Province, Peoples Republic of China.

At the Dongguan TMEP facility, TRIG technology will be added to an existing gas turbine combined cycle plant so that it can use clean synthetic gas from coal as its fuel for generating electricity, rather than fuel oil.

“China’s rapid growth vividly demonstrates the global need for advanced technologies to ensure reliable, affordable and cleaner supplies of energy,” said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO David Ratcliffe. “This plant will demonstrate that TRIG offers an effective technological solution to these challenges.”

The 120-megawatt Dongguan TMEP plant, expected to begin operation in 2011, would demonstrate an example of advanced U.S. IGCC technology that is being developed in partnership between the DOE and industry. This IGCC technology is compatible with carbon capture, and its deployment in China is an important step toward positioning IGCC for future integration with carbon capture technology.

Ratcliffe also noted that Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power currently is seeking regulatory approval to build a 582-megawatt plant using TRIG technology in Kemper County, Miss. That plant would include 65 percent carbon capture and sequestration.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company is consistently listed among the top U.S. electric service providers in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Visit our Web site at

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Moody’s Corporation Scores MS Power/Southern Company “NEGATIVE”

Moody’s is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody’s Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody’s Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit analysis, economic research and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $2 billion in 2010, employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 26 countries. Further information is available at

via Moody’s Corporation.


Moody’s Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody’s commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets. The firm’s ratings and analysis track debt covering more than 110 countries, 12,000 corporate issuers, 25,000 public finance issuers, and 106,000 structured finance obligations.


Mississippi, what would you say if you found out that that Moodys  Investors Services conducted research in 2009 on a business, scored it negatively, and now you are being FORCED to invest in the business against your will?  Well, that is exactly what has happened as I see it.

More to come.


US Files Countersuit Against KBR, Alleging Kickbacks – Corruption Currents – WSJ

US Files Countersuit Against KBR, Alleging Kickbacks – Corruption Currents – WSJ.


KBR, partnered with Southern Company/Mississippi Power to build a power plant in Mississippi.  So many questions remain.

Kickbacks in military subcontracts open the door to wartime profiteering and corrupt the integrity of our government contracting process,” said Tony West, assistant attorney general for the Civil Division, in a statement.

“When we learn of such illegal conduct at the expense of taxpayers, we will pursue it,” West said.

Mississippi Power Co IGCC Project – Kemper County

Now that NASA’s satellite equipment and independent objective Scientists have proven that Carbon Dioxide plays no role in global warming and that earth is now in a global cooling phase, there is no evidence to support a demonstration Mississippi Power Company carbon capture structure on a coal plant.  The only reason to continue with a plant with CO2 capture is for unscrupulous reasons.

We must ask the question why they are proceeding with construction?

Plan described to capture 65% of CO2.  For what purpose? And why should the ratepayers pay for it?

You can find the answer to this question by reading about the Kyoto Protocols standards set up by the United Nations as a way to redistribute the wealth.  Wealth=property

Gasification and TRIG™
Over the past decade, Mississippi Power’s parent company, Southern Company, along with the Department of Energy, has been Allegedly developing cleaner, less expensive, more reliable methods for power production from coal. A result of this research is gasification technologies, developed at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) near Wilsonville, Alabama.Rather than burning coal directly to make electricity, gasification first breaks coal down into chemical components. Gases that result from this chemical breakdown can be used to fuel power plants using integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology.

Southern Company, suggests that in conjunction with their partner KBR, has further developed the gasification process to work even more efficiently for low-rank coals, such as the lignite that is abundantly available in Kemper County, Mississippi. Low-rank coals have less energy per pound but account for half of worldwide reserves.

TRIG™ details according to Mississippi Power:

  • Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG™) technology was developed by Southern Company and KBR. It is a superior coal-gasification method with less environmental impact.
  • TRIG™ easily handles the low-rank coals that account for more than half of the world’s vast coal reserves. It offers a simpler and stronger method than most existing coal-gasification technologies.
  • It also produces more power and offers lower capital and operation and maintenance costs than other systems.
  • The IGCC facility in Kemper County will use TRIG™.
  • The Kemper County IGCC Project is a scale-up of a plant already in operation at the PSDF in Wilsonville, Ala. It was developed by Southern Company and KBR in conjunction with the Department of Energy.
  • With TRIG™, the IGCC facility in Kemper County will turn Mississippi lignite into gas while cleaning emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury to near natural-gas levels. It also will produce 65 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than the current pulverized coal plants.

Energy Partners Plans for Mississippi

Mississippi Lignite Coal Plant

Transport Inergrated Gasification Art

America eagerly seeks new energy technologies to make us independent.  The Southern Company, the parent company of Mississippi Power, in cooperation with the Department of Energy have been trying to develop a cleaner, possibly less expensive, and more dependable methods of producing power from coal.  The result of some of this research is gasification. According to the Mississippi power website this technology was developed at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) in Alabama.

The gasification of coal breaks down coal into chemical components which can be burned and used to fuel power plants using a fancy term called, ” Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle technology (IGCC) “ unfortunately there is an undesirable environmental impact.

Southern Company partnered with KBR (much more on this company later) and further developed the technology to use a low quality mushy coal called lignite.  It is said that Lignite is abundant in Kemper County, Mississippi so construction has begun taking advantage of the geographically close fuel source, Lignite, to reduce logistic transportation costs.  That’s prudent.

  • (T R I G ™) Transport Integrated Gasification utilizes a low grade lignite coal burning method that will be used at the IGCC facility in Kemper County Mississippi.  We understand they will be testing the effectiveness of the cleaning of emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, mercury, and other dangerous elements some of which may be unexpected.

The Kemper County Coal Power Plant project appears to be in full cooperation with and DEPENDANT  upon the Al Gore global warming agenda, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cap and Trade, and the redistribution of wealth.  A carbon dioxide capturing device was incorporated into the lignite coal burning process. Carbon dioxide is the gas that sustains human lives and is required in the process of photosynthesis to maintain the life of plants. The EPA determined carbon dioxide is poisonous needing regulation.  Is it ridiculous for Mississippi to jump into compliance to these progressive money grabbing scams?  Does someone believe we are getting into the bottom floor of a pyramid scheme?

The Kemper County Plant is fully preparing for carbon dioxide to be regulated by government entities by investing rate payers monies (that means most of you in Mississippi)  into this brand-new energy plant utilizing brand-new never used to scale technology.   The risk of budgeting failure  without costly changes is certain and it is reasonable to expect the new technology will need costly adjustments following the testing in China, 2012. Risk is clearly documented, noted, and white-washed for the trusting silent Mississippians.

It has also come to our attention that some of the current coal burning plants in Mississippi will be fitted with scrubbers to improve the removal process of harmful toxins and to meet or exceed environmental standards. That seems reasonable and efficient but what you have not been told is some plants may be closed as a result of Kemper Power plant.  That equals lost jobs in Mississippi.

Americans optimistically look to the future for environmentally safer and economically sound methods of producing electricity.  Developing and correcting these new technologies directly out of pockets of unsuspecting Mississippians labeled as a power bill is unethical.

MS Electric Plants Listed

Contacts for Mississippi Merchant Generation Plants

Plant Name /
City /
Type * Megawatts Investment Status
Caledonia Power Project /
Caledonia Operating Services, LLC
Steens /
CCG 813 $400 – $525 M Operating
Choctaw Gas Generation Project /
Choctaw Gas Generation, LLC
Ackerman /
CCG 720 $400 M Operating
Caledonia Power Facility /
Caledonia Power 1, LLC
Caledonia /
SCG 504 $135 M Operating
Crossroads Energy Center /
Clarksdale Public Utilities
Clarksdale /
SCG 320 $115 M Operating
New Albany Energy Facility /
BTEC New Albany, LLC
New Albany /
SCG 385 $105 M Operating
Hinds Energy Facility /
KGen Hinds, LLC
Jackson /
CCG 520 $160 M Operating
Batesville Generation Facility /
Complete Energy Partners, LLC
Batesville /
CCG 837 $300 – $400 M Operating
Magnolia Power Plant /
Magnolia Energy, LP
Ashland /
CCG 900 $430 M Operating
RRI Energy Choctaw County Generating Station /
RRI Energy
French Camp /
CCG 804 $300 M Operating
Red Hills Generating Facility /
Choctaw Generation, LLP
Ackerman /
Lignite 440 $500 M Operating
Grand Total 6243

* SCG = Simple Cycle Gas / CCG = Combined Cycle Gas

Electric Plants.

How will the Kemper Coal Plant affect the current Power plants?

Southern Company 2010 Summary Report

Video supplied as long as Southern Elelctric have it up on their website

How to build new technology.

Step 1 Determine if  the developer, inventor, or vendor is telling the truth about the new technology.

Step 2 Expose coal to the process to see if there is any unexpected results like unforeseen poisonous emissions.

Step 3 Increase in size to scale to further test for unexpected results (This critical step will occur in China 2012) Let me be clear this step has not yet occurred and has been decided to test off American soil.  In the meantime, let’s build one in Mississippi, yeah Hayley Barbour fought for it.  Rumor has it that All the current establishment politicians of Mississippi are OWNED by the power companies.  (hope to have more on this topic later)

We were wondering if the technology was sold or given to the Chinese?  Did we compensate China to test this unproven technology on their soil, in their environment, and in their neighborhoods?  I keep thinking about Chinese drywall.

Keep returning there is more to come.



“Our research and development team – the nation’s most comprehensive in-house function of its kind among regulated utilities – has spent years developing a process called Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG), which produces energy by converting low-grade coals, such as lignite, into a synthesis gas. In 2012, that technology is set to make its commercial debut in China, a nation better known for exporting, rather than importing, innovation.”

The Technology for the Kemper County Coal plant is not fully proven and has never been utilized in a commercial setting.  Our concern is that the cost of unpredictable expenditures could be endless passing the cost onto ratepayers will cripple Mississippi.  A request to expand the costs with an explanation can be sent to the PSC for approval.  Simple procedure.  The caps of 2.2 billion expanded to 2.88 billion have been quoted to the public as being a cap.  These quotes are not firm and appear to give a false sense of security.   There is no final cap to the cost the ratepayers will be responsible for so far as we have read in the legal documents.


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