11 Jul '17, 8pm

Dirty. Expensive. Unnecessary. The Kemper 'clean' coal plant in Mississippi finally goes down:

Dirty. Expensive. Unnecessary. The Kemper 'clean' coal plant in Mississippi finally goes down:

These three truths became well known to Mississippians put on the hook for the so-called Kemper “clean coal” gasification experiment. Touted as the flagship for the future of coal, and backed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the heavy-hitter utility, Southern Company, what could go wrong? As many predicted from the very beginning, costs soon spiraled out of control; what started out with a $1.8 billion price tag ended up at $7.5 billion plus, giving Kemper the dubious distinction of being the most expensive power plant ever built in the United States. For comparison, $7.5 billion, which works out to about $40,000 per Mississippi Power customer, could have installed solar panels plus batteries for every one of the utility’s 150,000 residential customers. Years behind schedule, the plant has yet to run as advertised. This past week, the newly elected Mississippi Public S...

Full article: http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2017/07/dirty-expensive...

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