Sun Herald Comment On IGCC Kemper County Coal Plant

Readers of the Sun Herald should be familiar with the controversy surrounding Mississippi Power’s expensive and highly experimental power plant in Kemper County. Designed for Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power production and carbon capture and storage, the plant was touted as “clean coal” and would be the first in the world of its kind.

However, Mississippi Power ratepayers — whose power bills will increase 30-50 percent to pay for the Kemper plant — should note that construction has been cancelled on a similar IGCC plant in Australia, the ZeroGen plant near Rockhampton, Queensland.

After the Queensland government had invested $108 million, the company building the plant has declared bankruptcy. Queensland Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last month that the IGCC technology was simply “not financially viable.” He expressed worry that the billions of dollar slated for developing IGCC technology would be wasted.

Mississippi needs to learn from the Australians’ mistakes with their “clean coal” boondoggle. We must stop construction on the Kemper plant before ratepayers pour billions of dollars into a highly experimental IGCC process that has now been exposed as “not financially viable.”

“Clean coal” is the pipe dream of coal and utilities fat cats who have had far too much say in how Mississippi is governed. It’s time we woke them up. The Kemper IGCC project needs to end. Now.

WILL WATSON

Long Beach

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One Response to Sun Herald Comment On IGCC Kemper County Coal Plant

  1. Funny. There are a number if Indian tribes and power gen companies in Southern California that are building IGCC plants. They researched other types of technologies to use for clean power generation and they came to the conclusion that IGCC, using natural gas and coal, was the most economically viable option.

    One person/entity declares something not viable and so that makes it so? Remember, not too terribly long ago, a space station was considered not viable, now we have one. Space travel, not to mention atmospheric flight, was also considered not viable, and once it was shown to be viable, it was felt to be not economically viable. Now air travel is the most economically viable route. There are obviously entities that consider it viable. Don’t forget ‘American ingenuity’ has overcome a large number of obstacles that people at one time thought made certain technologies not feasible.

    Clean coal isn’t a pipe dream. Just ask the World Coal Association. They think otherwise.. They’re not the only ones, either, obviously.

    The only reason Kemper rates will be raised is because the utility will want to recoup their construction costs immediately, instead of considering it a longer term investment. New plants mean new capacity. New energy generation capacity means more income through increased usage.

    Dig a little deeper. You’ll find that the company that was building the plant declared bankruptcy because they were unable to immediately raise rates. Other types of businesses look at capital investment as an investment that will pay for itself over the long run. When was the last time your mechanic raised his rates because he had to buy a new tool or air compressor? Answer: Never. We know that the new tool will pay for itself and end up making me money soon enough. Imagine if every industry operated the way the energy production industry does. Your grocery store raises prices the next time they repaint or replace a bank of refrigerated storage bins or they install new tile. Your mechanic’s air compressor dies, so your next oil change will cost $100, instead of $35. Or, even better, your jurisdiction raises tax rates because they need more fire fighters or cops. But, the utility companies can get away with it because, unlike a grocery store or a mechanic, we have no other options. They have us over a barrel. I’m guessing, YOU have your ratepayers over a barrel.

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