Category: Energy

Kemper, Southern Company

As Time Runs Out for Southern Company, a Brain Drain Begins at Kemper

With builder Southern Company still promising that the Kemper power plant will go online soon, a group of key engineers and managers who work on the plant’s so-far-inoperable gasifier has left the company.

At the groundbreaking for the Kemper power plant: Mississippi PSC Commissioner Lynn Posey, at podium, with (seated, L to R), Anthony Topazi, chief operating officer, Southern Company, Governor Haley Barbour, and Tom Fanning, chief executive officer, Southern Company, December 16, 2010.

Southern Company Says Kemper Not Viable as Coal Plant, Blames the PSC

In an apparent first salvo in a public relations campaign to shift blame for the Kemper power plant boondoggle away from himself and corporate management and onto state regulators, Southern Company chief executive officer Tom

Southern Company’s Kemper Coal Plant Could Get Billions in Tax Credit Bail-Out

If Donald Trump really wants to get rid of federal corporate welfare, he should be frantically tweeting against a congressional plan that could send billions to the grossly mismanaged Kemper power plant by expanding tax

Three Coal Companies are Trying to Keep Secret How Much Federal Coal They Mine

Earlier this year, I looked at just how much the largest US coal mining companies depend on access to subsidized federal coal, most of it extracted from public lands in the Powder River Basin of

American Electric Power

American Electric Power says “We don’t agree with or share every position” of ACCCE, yet remains a member of the coal lobby group

The Conesville Power Plant in Conesville, Ohio, is operated by American Electric Power and burns about 12,000 tons of coal a day. That’s enough coal to fill 120 box cars.  ALLY MAROTTI / WOSU American

The coal industry can’t decide: climate denial or subsidies for “clean coal”?

The New York Times yesterday reported on a presentation given to a coal industry conference last year titled “Survival is Victory: Lessons from the Tobacco Wars.” The presentation was prepared by Richard Reavey, a former

Two (or three?) more companies confirm departure from coal lobby group ACCCE

Two more companies – and perhaps three – have confirmed their departure from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) this week, following the publication of our report detailing major companies’ departure from coal lobby

Ernest Moniz, Southern Company, Climate Change

Fanning and Moniz on Kemper: Nothing to See Here

It would be hard to find an image of a cozier relationship between a giant energy company and a regulator than the joint appearance in Philadelphia on July 28th by Southern Company’s Tom Fanning and U.S.

Kemper Project’s Untested Equipment Means Southern Company Way Off On Schedule

Engineers who worked on Southern Company’s Kemper coal plant say the proposed start-up date of September 2016 is as unrealistic as previous dates given by the company and that the plant is unlikely to go

Southern Company’s ‘Big Bet’ on Kemper: A Rigged Game?

From the very beginning, the story of utility giant Southern Company’s Kemper clean coal plant is a long trail of broken promises.