After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to work on a deal that would have the Kemper plant fueled only by gas.
The state Public Service Commission said in a statement that it’s looking for a solution that eliminates the risk to ratepayers “for unproven technology,” which involved converting coal into gas and capturing emissions.If I remember correctly, this was one of President Obama's pet projects (yes, see below, "from wiki." Add this to ObamaCare, ISIS, and "we can't just drill our way to lower gasoline prices." What a doofus.
The never-ending story:
The Kemper Project, also called the Kemper County energy facility, is a coal-fired electrical generating station currently under construction in Kemper County, Mississippi. Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, began construction of the plant in 2010.
The project was central to President Obama's Climate Plan, as it was to be based on "clean coal" and was being considered for more support from the Congress and the incoming Trump Administration in late 2016.
Once operational, the Kemper Project will be a first-of-its-kind electricity plant to employ gasification and carbon capture technologies at this scale. [Nope: it's a boondoggle gone wrong and will simply become one of a gazillion natural gas plants in the US.]
Project management problems have been noted at the Kemper Project.
The power plant was estimated to be in service by May 2014, at a cost of $2.4 billion. As of May 2017, the project was still not in service, and the cost had increased to $7.3 billion.
According to a Sierra Club analysis, Kemper is the most expensive power plant ever built, based on the watts of electricity it will generate.Can't wait to see how Wiki edits this a year from now to make it "politically correct."
Yup, add this to the Obama legacy. This will end up lost in the dustbin of history. At most, it will be a footnote in the chapter on "Energy During The Obama Era." LOL.