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An aerial photo of the Kemper Co. energy facility.

Mississippi Power today filed its monthly Kemper County energy facility project status report with the Mississippi Public Service Commission outlining construction milestones and costs.

The filing identified additional estimated costs subject to the cost cap in the aggregate amount of approximately $88 million including $29 million previously reported in the July PSC report and $59 million reported in the August report.

The estimated cost increases reported in August are due primarily to construction, start-up and operational readiness activities, as well as additional property taxes and insurance. The report also noted the company expects the Kemper IGCC will be placed in service later during 2015 than the previously scheduled in-service date of the second quarter 2015.

“Mississippi Power and Southern Company remain committed to this project. Our investment in integrated coal gasification and the Kemper project – and our belief that this technology represents the future of coal in energy production – has not changed,” said Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland.
Mississippi Power customers will not pay a penny of cost above the limit agreed to by regulators and legislators.

This latest report also outlined significant milestones achieved at the Kemper facility, including placing the combined cycle into service this summer to help serve customers’ energy needs during peak summer season.

Additional information about the Kemper County energy facility is available at mississippipower.com.

Certain information contained herein is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the projected cost and schedule for the completion of construction and start-up of the Kemper IGCC. Mississippi Power cautions that there are certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Mississippi Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Mississippi Power’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries; available sources and costs of fuels; state and federal rate regulations and the impact of pending and future rate cases and negotiations, including rate actions relating to fuel and other cost recovery mechanisms; ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development and construction of facilities, which include the development and construction of generating facilities with designs that have not been finalized or previously constructed, including changes in labor costs and productivity factors, adverse weather conditions, shortages and inconsistent quality of equipment, materials, and labor, contractor or supplier delay, non-performance under construction or other agreements, operational performance, operational readiness, including specialized operator training, unforeseen engineering or design problems, delays associated with start-up activities (including major equipment failure and system integration), and/or operations; ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses to satisfy any operational and environmental performance standards, including any Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) requirements and the requirements of tax credits and other incentives, and to integrate facilities into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; advances in technology; actions related to cost recovery for the Kemper IGCC, including actions relating to proposed securitization, Mississippi PSC approval of Mississippi Power’s proposed rate recovery plan, as ultimately amended, which currently includes the ability to complete the proposed sale of an interest in the Kemper IGCC to South Mississippi Electric Power Association, the ability to utilize bonus depreciation, which currently requires that assets be placed in service in 2014, and satisfaction of requirements to utilize investment tax credits and grants; Mississippi PSC review of the prudence of Kemper IGCC costs; the outcome of any legal or regulatory proceedings regarding the Mississippi PSC’s issuance of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Kemper IGCC, the settlement agreement between Mississippi Power and the Mississippi PSC, the March 2013 rate order, or the State of Mississippi legislation designed to enhance the Mississippi PSC’s authority to facilitate development and construction of baseload generation in the State of Mississippi; and the ability of counterparties of Mississippi Power to make payments as and when due and to perform as required. Mississippi Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.


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Mississippi Power is sharing stories of survival and recovery from Hurricane Katrina at the Waveland Ground Zero Museum. The company today 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.

The paintings, The Bradley and The Chair, have been displayed in Mississippi Power headquarters in Gulfport since 2007 and were part of Porter’s traveling exhibit Backyards and Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories, which documented South Mississippians working to put their lives back together after the 2005 storm.

“Mississippi Power employees experienced the devastation of Katrina and shared the determination of our neighbors to rebuild our homes and communities. We are proud to share these paintings that reflect the ‘can do’ spirit of our employees and customers,” said Ed Holland, Mississippi Power CEO.

Museum administrator Lili Stahler-Murphy knew Mississippi Power was one of the original sponsors of the Backyards and Beyond exhibit and asked company leaders to consider sharing the paintings.
“Mississippi Power realized the significance of the museum,” Stahler-Murphy said. “We’re pleased that more people will be able to see the paintings now.”

The H.C. Porter exhibit at the Waveland Ground Zero Museum will open in spring 2015. The museum is located in the former Waveland School at 335 Coleman Avenue; it is the only city owned building and the only structure on Coleman Ave. to survive Hurricane Katrina.


Afternoon thunderstorms can put a damper on summer fun and often keep MississippiStorm-Ready-iPhone-NC Power crews busy. Outages don’t happen often thanks to regular maintenance of our system, but when they do, our number one priority is restoring power safely and quickly.

Mississippi Power’s storm readiness and reliability is featured this in this month’s issue of South Mississippi Living magazine. The article shares information about the team that works to keep power flowing 24/7 -365.

On the rare occasions the lights do go out, customers can report outages and check the progress of repairs with our online outage map available for smartphones and tablets and enhanced emails and text alert tools.

Signing up for email or text message notifications online is simple. Customers first should log into their accounts on mississippipower.com. Once there, click on “Set Outage Alerts” and choose contact preference by selecting text, email or voicemail and provide the needed contact information. Customers can also set a time of day they don’t want to be contacted.

To sign up for text alerts, customers simply text “REG” to “MSPWR” or 228-207-7377 and they’ll have the option to sign up using their phone number or Mississippi Power account number.

Customers can also report and get outage information with the MS Power Outage Center app available for free in Android and Apple stores.

Click here to read our article in South Mississippi Living magazine.


D-DayMississippi Power and its employees remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day and thank the Gulf Coast region’s service men and women for their service to the country. Mississippi Power’s parent, Southern Company, was just recently named by three leading military surveys as a top employer for both active duty and veteran military.

“The veterans of World War II earned the distinction of “the greatest generation” and their actions on D-Day exemplified the incredible determination of a great nation,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland. “All of our nation’s veterans and current service members are a tremendous part of the past, present and future of our country and region.”

Three Mississippi Power employees – John Ellard, John Pittman and Lash Rushing – died while serving in the U.S. military during World War II. Before he was a Mississippi Power employee, Harry Bell spent 6 months as a prisoner of war after his capture at the Battle of the Bulge.

A longstanding leader in military recruitment, Southern Company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 3 overall in the 2014 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Veterans. In addition, the company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 13 overall in the Military Times EDGE Best for Vets: Employers 2014 survey and has been named to the Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® winners by CivilianJobs.com for the fifth consecutive year.

Veterans and reservists are a natural fit for Southern Company and Mississippi Power because the cultures of both the military and the utility industry exemplify dedication, commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in all they do. Currently, 10 percent of the Southern Company system’s 26,000 employees are veterans or serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans account for 14 percent of the system’s new hires this year.

Southern Company’s ongoing support of military personnel has earned broad recognition, including the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest honor given by the Department of Defense for support of employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve – and the Pro Patria Award for leadership in providing benefits to military employees. G.I. Jobs has named Southern Company the nation’s highest-ranked utility in its Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® listing for seven consecutive years.

In its second year, the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Veterans ranking showcases companies that initiate a variety of veteran-focused workplace practices including recruiting and promoting veterans, offering employee resource groups and providing accommodations for spouses of veterans.

Military Times EDGE surveyed companies across the country with a detailed questionnaire about their recruiting and hiring policies, training opportunities for veterans and pay and benefits for veterans, reservists and their families.

Open to all U.S.-based companies, CivilianJobs.com selected the 2014 MVEs for Military® winners based on surveys in which employers outlined their recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans.

As part of its commitment to veterans, Southern Company is a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans to job openings in the energy industry. The company actively recruits members of the Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner and has pledged to support the Joining Forces initiative. In addition, Southern Company annually participates in more than 30 military recruitment events and partners with military transition centers across the country.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Recognized throughout the utility industry for excellence in storm restoration and recovery efforts, is the 2013 winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s Emergency Assistance Award. As a leader in safety, Mississippi Power ranked first in the 2013 Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) Safety Performance Reports. Visit our website at mississippipower.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.



Customer Serviceman Arman Paige conducts an energy audit at the home of H.R. McDonald.
Customer Serviceman Arman Paige conducts an energy audit at the home of H.R. McDonald.

Mississippi Power is strengthening its commitment to energy efficiency and customer service with its energy efficiency plan approved today by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The programs, originally filed in January, provide a variety of incentives to residential and commercial customers to promote energy savings.

“The expansion of programs will add immediate value and enhance our established offerings such as home energy audits and low-interest rate financing on energy efficient home improvements,” said Customer Services Organization Vice President Jeff Franklin. “Mississippi Power has long supported energy education and we believe these new programs will encourage our customers to use energy wisely to get the most out of their energy dollar, especially during the summer months.”

“We expect more than half of our customers to take advantage of Mississippi Power’s new energy efficiency programs,” Marketing Principal Chad Ihrig said. “The new suite of programs has been designed to encourage smart energy use through education and low-cost energy savings steps such as installing compact florescent light bulbs, and having an air conditioner tune-up performed.”

The various programs are expected to begin by early fall, with full roll out by year’s end.

Customers have a wide variety of energy efficiency information available on MississippiPower.com, at customer service offices or by calling the 24/7 customer service line at 1-800-532-1502.

Mississippi Power Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program Details

Residential Energy Audit and Direct Install Program – will increase energy awareness by offering home energy assessments to residential customers. The program will seek to help homeowners achieve savings by consulting with a participating trade ally or contractor who will help customers analyze their energy use, identify energy efficiency improvement projects and install low-cost, energy saving measures in the residence.

Residential and Commercial Air Conditioning Tune-Up and Replacement Program – will encourage customers to make the most efficient use of energy by operating their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as close to possible to peak performance levels, achieved by a digital high performance HVAC tune-up.  The program will also seek to encourage replacement of older, more inefficient HVAC systems through the use of incentives.

Small Business Direct Install and Incentive Program – will educate and provide direct-installed efficiency measures to business customers that fall under a 100kW peak demand threshold. In addition, incentives will be provided toward the purchase of measures such as efficient lighting products and high-efficiency appliances.

School Kits and Education Program – will provide education and energy conservation materials to 4th and 5th grade students in an effort to teach children how to make informed decisions about energy usage in anticipation that they will adopt long-lasting energy conservation behaviors.  Schools may be eligible for mini grants based on student participation.

Residential and Business Lighting Program – will provide compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs to residential and business customers through Mississippi Power bill payment offices as well as various community events throughout the service territory.  The program will also educate customers on lighting, thermostat settings, and low-cost measures to use electricity more wisely.

Large Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive and Custom Program – will provide facility walkthroughs and incentives toward a suite of energy efficiency measures, allowing for simple approaches to customers with peak demand in excess of 100kW. Prescriptive measures may be installed at the facility and incented on a per unit basis, while the custom program assists customers in identifying opportunities, analyzing associated costs and savings and provides incentives toward the installation of custom measures.

Neighborhood Efficiency Program – is an extension and enhancement of the pilot program launched in September 2013 to educate and promote energy efficiency to income-qualified customers. Mississippi Power conducted more than 1,000 energy audits, installed efficient lighting and insulation upgrades. The Neighborhood Efficiency Program will continue making those services available to customers along with providing HVAC tune-ups and duct sealing.

Behavioral Analysis Program – will deliver customized energy reports to residential households to provide customers with information on their energy use and will seek to motivate customers to use less energy and save money on their monthly bills.  The program will also encourage participation in other programs in the Quick Start portfolio.

Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland presents Danny Ainsworth with the Presidents Award.
Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland presents Danny Ainsworth with the Presidents Award.

On his way home after working a night shift last December, Danny Ainsworth, lead station operator at the Chevron Cogenerating Plant, noticed a bright glow under a car parked on the shoulder of the interstate.

Ainsworth pulled over and noticed the car was running and the driver was asleep at the wheel.

But there was a much bigger problem flaring up under the car.

The car’s exhaust system ignited the dry grass underneath the vehicle and a fire was spreading.

Ainsworth knocked on the car’s window several times and finally woke up the driver, who Danny instructed to pull ahead.

Once the vehicle moved forward, Ainsworth used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

At the Plant Daniel “Town Hall” meeting on May 9, CEO Ed Holland presented Ainsworth with a Silver President’s Award in recognition of acts to save a life or prevent injury where there may be danger but no risk to the individual’s own life.

“The first thing that caught my attention when reading the description of the event is that Danny just worked a night shift which means he was up all night and ready to go home,” Holland said. “This did not stop him from pulling over to investigate a situation that just didn’t seem right. Our safety culture teaches us to do the right thing and because of this, a potentially fatal situation was avoided.”

Danny Ainsworth is the 66th recipient of the President’s Award.


Bay St. Louis area work group celebrates three years of zero injuries and vehicle accidents.
Bay St. Louis area work group celebrates three years of zero injuries and vehicle accidents.

The Bay St. Louis area work group proudly celebrated three years without any OSHA recordable injuries or vehicle accidents at a luncheon recently.

“This is a great accomplishment because of your commitment to safety 360,” Customer Services Organization Vice President Jeff Franklin said. “Your family is depending on you to come home safely and your work group is expecting you to practice safe behavior at home. Thank you for practicing safety 360, and congratulations on three great years.”

Coast Division Manager Jason Manley expressed his gratitude for the team’s safety accomplishment.

“I am very proud of the Bay St. Louis team for completing three years of Target Zero,” he said. “They are a great example of being your Brother’s and Sister’s keeper.”

District Manager Debbie Benefield brought attention to last year’s plaque celebrating their two-year achievement and referenced how this year’s group picture will be proudly displayed next to it.

“Combined within this group, we have more than 200 safe years,” Benefield said. “What makes a difference is that each of you own safety for yourself and each other, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”


05_23_MemorialMemorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

During WWII, 92 employees, or 25 percent of the company’s workforce entered the armed forces. Three employees made the ultimate sacrifice for America.

John Pittman

Born in Lauderdale Co., John Pittman was an accounting clerk in the billing office when he was called into service.

The Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force was headed to Boxted, England, on Nov. 19, 1944, when the aircraft departed on the airstrip near Luxembourg. The plane never arrived at its destination and was not seen or heard from after the takeoff.

Pittman is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.

Lash Rushing

A lineman in his hometown of Hattiesburg before the war, Elmer Lash Rushing served in the U. S. Army as a private in the 548th Infantry, Replacement Company. The replacement company is the basic replacement delivery unit on the battlefield

He was wounded on the Italian front and died on March 4, 1945.

John Ellard

Born in the small town of Pittsboro in Calhoun Co., John Ellard was a commercial clerk at the General Office before he went overseas.

Ellard was captured when Bataan and Corregidor fell and later died in a Japanese prison camp.


Gulf Flood IT Family ServicesMany Mississippi Power employees know first-hand that recovery after a devastating weather event can take time and a lot of resources.

After their homes were devastated in Hurricane Katrina, Robert Wink and Rick Maddox, both information technology employees, felt like they had been adopted by their counterparts at sister company Gulf Power based on the outpouring of kindness and assistance. It was only fitting they return the favor when a fellow co-worker’s Pensacola home was flooded at the end of April.

Described “much like a hurricane without the wind,” the floods on April 29 and 30 affected hundreds of homes in Northwest Florida, including more than 40 Gulf Power employees and their families.

Wink and Maddox were part of a group of Mississippi Power IT employees who went to help salvage furniture and remove flooring so that the home could begin drying out.

“Even though it’s almost 10 years later, we still feel very indebted to (Gulf Power and Family Services) for the help we received after Katrina and were very happy to help them out,” Wink said. “Just as we had after Katrina, there were other family members and church groups who also provided assistance, but they also need our continued support.”

Mississippi Power’s Community Connection employee volunteer group recently donated $6,200 to help the Gulf Power employees.