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Mississippi Power shuts coal-fired power plant

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), has retired the 67.5 MW Plant Eaton in Petal, Miss.

The plant first began operations in March 1945 and was used primarily for lights, radios and refrigeration. Since then, the number of Mississippi Power customers has increased more than four times to approximately 186,000, according to a company release.

“Just as the company planned for the future when Plant Eaton was built, we are doing so today by advancing 21st century coal technology at the Kemper County energy facility,” said Ed Day, president and CEO of Mississippi Power. “The facility is the best solution for our customers and will provide environmentally responsible energy for many decades.”

The Kemper County integrated gasification combined-cycle power plant will help to replace the lost capacity. Kemper is expected to be completed in March 2014 and is currently 75 percent finished.

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