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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Guest Column: Newspapers work "magic" in Kemper fight

It’s been a decade, but the Kemper lignite power plant debacle is finally over and done. Mississippi dodged a bazooka.

Last month, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) settled with Mississippi Power Company (MPC) and its parent Southern Company of Atlanta.

The settlement means the utility company can pass on $1.1 billion of Kemper costs to 187,000 customers, about $6,000 per customer. That’s more than MPC deserves but it beats the heck out of the full Kemper price tag of $8 billion. That would have been $43,000 per ratepaying household – an impossible burden for one of the poorest areas of the United States.

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