Kemper combined cycle completes first year of operations

Kemper combined cycle completes first year of operations

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The heat recovery steam generators are part of the Kemper combined cycle.

The Kemper County energy facility’s combined cycle marked one year of operations and reliable service to Mississippi Power customers on Sunday.

Placed into service on Aug. 9, 2014, Kemper’s combined cycle operations have delivered more than 3.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and saved Mississippi Power customers more than $15 million, having displaced other higher cost methods of generation.

Year-to-date, the unit has experienced an equivalent forced outage rate, or EFOR, of approximately 1.25 percent. EFOR is the industry standard used to measure a generating fleet’s availability when it is needed.

Compared with an industry average EFOR of over 6 percent for natural gas combined cycles, the Kemper unit is far exceeding expectations in its first year of operation.

“When called upon by Mississippi Power customers, the Kemper combined cycle has been available for service nearly 99 percent of the time this year,” Kemper Plant Manager Jeff Parsley said. “It’s performed exceptionally well and I couldn’t be prouder of our operations and maintenance teams for their efforts.”

Already in 2015, the unit has operated more than 5,000 hours and produced 2.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s enough energy to supply more than 170,000 homes for a year.