MS Power's Kemper Co. plant completes first year of operation

MS Power's Kemper Co. plant completes first year of operation

KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Power is celebrating a major milestone. The company's Kemper County power plant has been producing energy for customers for more than a year.

Company officials said in that time, the plant has generated enough energy to power 250,000 homes for a year. That equates to more than 3.5 billion kilowatt hours.

"Not only is the plant generating power for our customers, but it is doing it in a highly-efficient way," said Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland. "This is further proof that building Kemper was, and continues to be, the right decision for our customers."

The Kemper plant uses a power producing method called combined cycle. Company officials said the plant uses two gas-powered turbines with a steam turbine to produce 50 percent more electricity from the fuel it consumes.

"When the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved this facility back in 2010, they certified a need for additional capacity to serve our customers with reliable power in the coming decades," Holland said. "Kemper's combined cycle is a great step in meeting that need."

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