The Mississippi Public Service Commission has voted, once again, to put a multi billion dollar coal fired power plant in Kemper County back on track. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how opponents are already prepared to challenge the ruling.

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Public Service Commission Reapproves Kemper Co. Power Plant

By Daniel Cherry | Published 24 Apr 2012 05:36pm | comments

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has voted, once again, to put a multi billion dollar coal fired power plant in Kemper County back on track. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how opponents are already prepared to challenge the ruling.

Mississippi Power's $2.4 billion power plant has approval to continue following a 2 to 1 vote by the Public Service Commission. Jeff Shepard, spokesman for Mississippi Power, says the plant is needed to ensure there aren't energy shortages in Mississippi.

"Baseload energy is what runs 24-7 to keep the lights on at all times, and we were going to be hitting the level at the 2014 range. That's when this began."

The ruling comes after the state Supreme Court ordered the commission to review their previous vote. Louie Miller, Executive Director of the Mississippi Sierra Club says the commission still left unanswered questions.

"They're charged by law to do two things: find the cheapest source of power and the most reliable. That has been our contention from day one on this project."

Miller says the Sierra Club will challenge the commission's ruling in court as soon as possible.

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