Gov. Haley Barbour has stressed and promoted Mississippi’s energy resources. Those resources continue not only to expand, but more important, to diversify.
Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Day told The Clarion-Ledger Editorial Board last week that the company is proceeding rapidly on its new “clean coal” power plant in Kemper County.
The $2.5 billion plant will use Mississippi’s vast stores of lignite coal in a cutting-edge process that will not burn, but gasify the coal and produce energy. The CO2 byproduct will be captured and sold to state oil producers who use it reclaim old wells.
The Kemper plant will add a new type of energy-producing resource to the company.