Mississippi Power will go before the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday, seeking permanent rate relief for assets in service for more than a year at the Kemper County energy facility.
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Kemper’s combined cycle power plant has been producing electricity since August 2014, but Mississippi Power has not received any permanent rate recovery.
On Aug. 13, the PSC granted the company an 18-percent emergency rate and the upcoming hearing is about making that rate permanent.
In its first year of operation, Kemper’s combined cycle unit has produced enough electricity to supply one-third of the electricity used by Mississippi Power customers. It has generated more than 3.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power the needs of approximately 250,000 homes for a year.
The gas plant has been operating with an equivalent forced outage rating of less than 1%, compared with an industry average of more than 6%.
We are also well under way with major start-up activities.