Kemper Co. Plant cost increases $15 million, company says customers won’t pay

The cost of Mississippi Power’s Kemper County power plant has increased $15 million, according the latest status report the company filed with the Public Service Commission. In Tuesday’s report, the power company outlined additional costs to complete the plant and get it operating, but Mississippi Power’s CEO said that cost will not be passed on to customers.

“In this month there is an increase of about $15 million in cost increases in the capped amount which means the customer, and this is very very important, the customer will not pay for one penny of that $15 million in cost increase for this month,” said Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland.

As work continues to bring the plant online using Mississippi lignite it is running on natural gas.