In service date for Kemper Co. power plant pushed back to January

In service date for Kemper Co. power plant pushed back to January

KEMPER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We've just learned about another delay for Mississippi Power's Kemper County lignite plant. The company now expects the in service date to be pushed back from Dec. 31 to sometime in January.

The delay would increase costs by $25 million to $35 million per month. The power company increased the estimated total cost of the power plant by $6.4 million. The total cost of the plant has now climbed to $6.9 billion.

In addition to the $25-$35 million in monthly additional costs the power company says it won't seek from customers, there is another $18 million plus in monthly costs that could be paid for by customers. Mississippi Power says those costs "are eligible for recovery" if the company ends up asking for part or all of it and if the Public Service Commission approves those costs.

The increased costs will be paid by Mississippi Power, not by its customers.

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