PSC holds hearing on Kemper County power plant

By Ashley Porter

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Community members stood outside a public service commission hearing Monday morning, in opposition to plans for a new power plant in Kemper County.

They worry the plant would bring environmental problems and rate hikes to the area. But Mississippi Power says building the plant will lead to cleaner energy, more reliable service, and less expensive rates in the long run.

Cindy Duvall with Mississippi Power said the proposed power plant is comparable to a natural gas plant.

"That's the cleanest production of energy you can get, so it's very exciting," Duvall said. "That's why it's unprecedented. This technology allows coal to be equal to emissions from a natural gas plant."

If the $2 billion plant is approved, construction would begin next year, and be finished by 2014.

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