As always, Mississippi Power was a newsmaker in 2014. Not only for the Kemper County energy facility, but also for the countless ways Mississippi Power employees serve customers in its service territory. From keeping the lights on to cleaning the area’s waterways, the company was in the media spotlight. Here are some of last year’s highlights.
Mississippi Power employees celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day through numerous volunteer efforts
Mississippi Power commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a number of community events for employees to volunteer throughout the company’s service territory. WLOX, The Mississippi Press, WTOK, The Meridian Star, several radio stations, WXXV, and The Sun Herald all provided coverage of the events.
Mississippi Power prepares for more severe winter weather
As another significant winter storm moved southward, Mississippi Power employees responded quickly and safely to restore customers affected by any weather-related power outages. Media representatives conducted interviews with WLOX, WXXV and The Sun Herald.
Mississippi Power crews assist with winter storm in Georgia
Mississippi Power deployed a storm team of 101 personnel (75 line crew and 26 support), from the Coast, Pine Belt and Meridian areas, to assist Georgia Power with winter storm restoration. WLOX-TV, WXXV- TV, The Sun Herald, The Hattiesburg American, WDAM-TV, WTOK-TV, and the Meridian Star all provided coverage.
Tornado anniversary service project
Mississippi Power employees in the Pine Belt joined several groups in a day of service to mark the first anniversary of the Hattiesburg tornado. Company volunteers helped cleanup several locations. WDAM provided broadcast coverage and on its website while The Hattiesburg American provided coverage on its website and in its paper edition.
Engineering camp builds career awareness and encourages diversity
More than 25 9th and 10th grade girls from Long Beach High School stepped into a world of career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math fields during the first Mississippi Power’s iCan! Girls in Engineering camp. The event was covered by WDAM and the Hattiesburg American.
Several Meridian division employees volunteered at Love’s Kitchen and served lunch to the needy. WTOK highlighted the company’s commitment to community service.
Company celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day
The employees who build, maintain and restore the lines that deliver electricity were honored on National Lineman Appreciation Day Apr. 18. Mississippi Power employs approximately 140 line workers to construct, operate and maintain the equipment that delivers electricity to 186,000 customers across 23 southeast Mississippi counties. WDAM, WLOX, and WTOK all provided coverage of the day’s events.
Hundreds of people made their way out to participate in at least two environmental events in Harrison County – Bring It Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival. WLOX covered these events.
Renew Our Rivers
WLOX was on hand as volunteers from Mississippi Power removed debris from Turkey Creek in Gulfport as part of the Renew Our Rivers campaign. Stories centered on the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship and its efforts to curb pollution.
Company expanding its energy efficiency plan and programs
Mississippi Power strengthened its commitment to energy efficiency and customer service with its energy efficiency plan approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. WLOX along with other media outlets spotlighted these upcoming programs.
Exploration Energy Summer Camp
WTOK visited the Exploration Energy Summer Camp in Meridian where Mississippi Power linemen discussed power line safety and demonstrated a bucket truck in action for the elementary school students in attendance.
Company provides energy efficiency tips
WLOX showcased a number of summer energy saving tips and featured ways customers can save energy during the summer. The coverage aired on WLOX ABC, CBS, and on their website.
British Consulate-General representatives tour Kemper facility
Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Phillip Gunn and the United Kingdom’s Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford toured the Kemper County Energy facility.
Sierra Club agreement
In order to most economically comply with new federal environmental standards and meet obligations under a settlement with the Sierra Club, Mississippi Power is planning to repower, convert to natural gas, or retire several units at plants Watson, Sweatt and Greene County. Multiple news outlets covered the ruling and its effects on the company.
Pine Belt media outlets WDAM, The Hattiesburg American, and the Lamar Times all covered the beginning stages of the demolition work at Plant Eaton in Petal.
United Nations’ climate official visits Kemper
Jukka Usukainan, United Nations’ director of the Climate Technology Centre toured the Kemper County energy facility along with two experts from the Atlantic Council and Mississippi’s House Speaker Rep. Greg Snowden. WTOK and the Kemper Messenger were on hand for tour coverage.
Mississippi Power loans paintings to Waveland Ground Zero Museum
Mississippi Power shared stories of survival and recovery from Hurricane Katrina at the Waveland Ground Zero Museum. The company put on long-term loan two paintings by Mississippi artist H.C. Porter and announced its sponsorship of the H.C. Porter Exhibit at the museum. WLOX and The Sea Coast Echo highlighted the event.
Kemper filing update
Mississippi Power’s monthly Kemper County energy facility status report with the state Public Service Commission included an additional $418 million pre-tax estimated probable loss for the third quarter of 2014 and an extension of the plant’s expected in-service date to the first half of 2016. Numerous local and national media outlets reported on the filing.
BEAM seminar at Plant Watson
WLOX and WXXV attended the company’s B.E.A.M. (Black Energy Awareness Month) event at Plant Watson. The event showcased the company’s involvement exposing local students to careers in energy.
Electrical training program key for local first responders
During November, the company held a series of electrical training programs for several Coast law enforcement agencies and fire departments. WLOX, WXXV, the Ocean Springs Record, and The Mississippi Press all attended a class that focused on safety in the field while dealing with electricity.
Multiple Sclerosis “Day of Caring”
Community Connection volunteers in Gulfport and Ocean Springs took part in the National Multiple Sclerosis “Day of Caring” by helping two families complete small household repairs before the holidays. WLOX, WXXV, and The Mississippi Press highlighted the volunteer efforts.
Kemper steam blows successfully completed
Kemper and Meridian media outlets WTOK, the Neshoba Democrat, and the Kemper Messenger all reported the successful completion of steam blow tests which took place as part of startup testing for the facility.
Mississippi Power helps with Columbia restoration efforts
On Dec. 23, 3,600 Mississippi Power customers lost electricity in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through Columbia, MS. Local linemen teamed with crews from the company’s Coastal Division, Alabama Power, Gulf Power, and contract crews to assist in restoration efforts.. Numerous media outlets in the service territory gave updates on the restoration process.