Mississippi Power Co. will proceed with a planned coal-fired, electric-generating plant in Kemper County.
Mississippi Power officials say the plant will create 260 permanent jobs and 1,000 jobs during the construction phase. Brian Henson, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, said many in the community support the project, mainly because of the jobs it will create. He said the county’s unemployment rate is 14.1 percent. “It’s one of those projects you wish for, but you never actually see,” Henson said.
As Mississippi Power announced yesterday, this clean coal power plant will use integrated gasification technology to provide affordable electricity to hundreds of thousands of Magnolia state households and businesses:
The proposed 582-megawatt plant is expected to come online by 2014 and will use lignite, a low-cost energy source found in Mississippi. This energy source will be added to Mississippi Power’s existing fuel mix of natural gas and coal and will allow the company and its customers to avoid the volatility and growing costs associated with other fuels.
Mississippi Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company. Mississippi Power provides retail electric service to approximately 200,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties.
With new coal-based power plants being constructed around the nation boasting technology that can reduce regulated emissions by more than 90 percent, this new plant in Mississippi shows that CCT will continue to be a large part of our energy production today and in the future.
We have said for some time now, ACCCE can be for federal
climate legislation. And while there is debate as to what direction
Congress should take when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there
is solid bipartisan agreement that it’s Congress that should take action, “not
an unelected federal agency,” as
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said yesterday:
“We cannot wait any longer to send
the message that relying on EPA is the wrong way to go,” Rockefeller said in an
e-mail. “The fate of our West Virginia economy, our manufacturing industries
and our workers should not be in the hands of EPA.”
It’s important that any climate change legislation avoid a
patchwork of conflicting standards or duplicative programs, something that
could happen if regulatory action was taken instead of Congressional action.
That’s why there is bipartisan consensus that reducing emissions must be
handled in the right way.
President Obama spoke
today in California about the future of America’s energy landscape, and how
investments in the clean-energy industry can lead to the creation of more jobs
in California and throughout the country.
Clean coal is one of
these clean-energy technologies that must be developed as we move toward a green
economy and the creation of green jobs. Clean coal is already helping boost the
economy and employment in places like Michigan:
The U.S. Department
of Energy has
touted the returns from clean coal investment in the past. A study
entitled Benefits of Investment in Clean Coal Technology found that
by 2009, the cumulative benefits from
government investment in CCT totaled $6 billion and cumulative DOE costs totaled
$3.5 billion. By 2020, the cumulative benefits are expected to total $111
billion, at a cost to the DOE of only $8.5 billion.
has the 9th highest electricity prices in the nation. And as we
talked about last week rising energy prices threaten to drive more
businesses out of the state. Thankfully, CCT investment represents an
opportunity for California to create new jobs that will help the country arrive
at its clean energy future.
Evan Tracey Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Steve Gates Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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