While the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity stated that U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz would be seeing a promising example of the future of clean coal technology on his visit to the Kemper County Energy Facility in Mississippi Friday, it also cautioned current proposed regulation could harm the progress of the technology.
The Kemper County Energy Facility, owned by Mississippi Power, is a 582-MW integrated gasification combined-cycle coal-fired power plant that would use carbon capture and storage technology that would keep emissions under the recent regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mississippi Power is a subsidiary of Southern Co.
“While Secretary Moniz and other members of the administration have touted CCS as the answer to keeping coal in our energy future, the technology must be properly developed and invested in to become commercially viable,” ACCCE SVP of Communications Laura Sheehan stated in a release.
Costs for the facility have risen to around $4.02 billion, and the start-up date is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014.