At Mississippi Power, we are diversifying our fuel portfolio by adding Mississippi lignite to our mix of natural gas, coal and renewables. The Kemper plant will be fueled by Mississippi lignite, an abundant, affordable natural resource that is not subject to the price volatility and transportation costs associated with other fuel sources.
With a 4-billion-ton reserve in Mississippi, using lignite helps diversify Mississippi Power's energy resources. The fuel diversity of natural gas, coal, renewables and lignite protects customers from overreliance on any one fuel.
When the project was approved, the Mississippi Public Service Commission stated that "fuel diversity matters, particularly because fuel price stability matters. The Kemper project offers both."
Today, Mississippi Power customers are benefiting from nearly 70 percent of their electricity being fueled by natural gas due to current low prices. However, being dependent on any one source, particularly one with historical price spikes leaves customers vulnerable to high bills directly associated with fuel costs.
Adding lignite as a fuel source to the company's energy mix will add even greater flexibility and control over future fuel costs.