Moniz tours Kemper IGCC

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz today joined an international delegation of government and industry leaders to tour the Kemper County energy facility and see firsthand the innovative 21st century coal technology under construction in southeast Mississippi.

During the visit, international energy ministry officials representing more than a half dozen countries discussed opportunities to leverage the facility’s technology to cleanly and efficiently meet their nations’ energy needs.

The event followed the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting in Washington, D.C., where the Kemper project was endorsed by the CSLF and added to its portfolio of pioneering activities.

“Southern Company is, in many ways, leading all towards a 21st century generation portfolio,” said Secretary Moniz.

Joining Secretary Moniz at the Kemper facility were Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning, Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland and energy ministry officials from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

There are currently 6,000 workers onsite at Kemper.