The power plant in question was supposed to be pioneering the future of clean energy production. Instead of achieving the purpose it was created for, Southern Company decided to put an end to it. The pretext for this dead end has financial concerns. Therefore, the innovative clean power plant will continue to function, but merely as a regular coal gasification unit.
The Mississippi Public Service Commission Ordered the Cessation of the Innovative Clean Power Plant
On Wednesday, Atlanta-based Southern Company made an unexpected announcement. After lots of efforts and massive investments, the company decided to suspend most of the operations of the Mississippi Power subsidiary’s Kemper plant. From now on, the unit will burn only coal, leaving the clean alternative of natural gas behind for good.
This project was supposed to be a one of a kind plant and open the traditional industry towards the future. However, officials have already spent a budget of $7.5 billion on this concept which encompassed too far the upper financial limit.
Nonetheless, the original order of cessation didn’t come from the company itself. Last week, the Mississippi Public Service Commission put the situation to a vote. Afterward, the commission ordered the Southern Company to get it done with this apparent money drainage project.
There Are Other Attempts to a Clean Industry Across U.S. that Fell Behind Schedule
On the other hand, the company behind this supposedly innovative clean power plant is determined to save at least its traditional potential. Therefore, it stated that a necessary team would continue to operate the gas-fired side of this plant. Firstly, they are going to make sure that employees enjoy a safe and healthy workspace.
Across the nation, there are several other ambitious projects that started off to revolutionize the industry. For instance, Georgia Power began works on two nuclear reactors near Augusta. Nonetheless, these projects are way behind schedule, and they reached $3 billion threshold above the upper limit of the budget plan. Its main contractor, Westinghouse Electric, requested bankruptcy protection in March.
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