Day says Kemper plant construction on target

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Power Co. President Ed Day says construction of a coal-fired electricity plant in Kemper County is on schedule.

Day says he expects Kemper County and central Mississippi to see expanded economic benefits from its construction and operation.

Mississippi Power has two coal-oriented projects on tap. One is a $600 million upgrade of the two coal units at Plant Daniel in coastal Jackson County. The other is the $2.4 billion lignite-coal plant in Kemper County.

Last year, the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the company’s proposal for the Kemper County project. Ground was broken in December.

The cost of the plant will be passed on to ratepayers in stages while the project is being built — a result a state law enacted in 2008.

The Associated Press