Calculate My Kemper Bill
January 20, 2014, updated to May 5, 2014
NOTE, July 18, 2014 - Mississippi Power has updated their website and the references identified here are no longer available. The new website lacks a search feature. I have been unable to locate rate schedules, the progress report for the Kemper plant, or the Kemper fact sheets. If you know the new location of these items, please send an email to admin@MyKemperBill.com.
This web page calculates the Kemper Rate Factor charges now included in your Mississippi Power Company residential electric service bill for the Kemper County Energy Facility. The calculations are based on the curret R-53 residential rate schedule posted on the Mississippi Power Company website. (Rate sheet dated March 19, 2013, last viewed on January 20, 2014). These charges are not itemized in a standard monthly bill from Mississippi Power Company.
To use the calculator, you'll need three pieces of information from your bill: total energy usage, total current electrical service cost, and the billing month. (Click for an example bill.) Enter the total energy usage in kiloWatt-hours/month and the total current dollar amount of your bill. Select the billing month from the pull-down input. Then click the Calculate button. The amount you are being charged for the Kemper County Energy Facility is shown in the first box. The amount your bill increased as a result of that charge is shown in the second box.
A full calculation of the R-53 rate is relatively complex and deals with base monthly charges, Fuel Cost Recovery factors, miscellaneous rate adjustments, and taxes. However, calculating the Kemper cost is straightforward. The Kemper Rate Factors are applied as simple kWH adders in each of three usage brackets: <=650 kWh/mo, 651-1000 kWh/mo, and >1000 kWh/mo. The Rate Factors also vary during the year, in three periods: summer (June - September), Winter (December - March), and shoulder months (April, May, October, November.) Monthly calculations of Kemper Rate Factor charges are simply the sum of three multiplications of usage in each of the three brackets times the seasonal rate for that bracket. Portion of R-53 rate showing Kemper Rate Factors. (Opens an image of the rate extract. Use your browser's back button to return here.)
Comments and Questions
This site is operated by an individual citizen and Mississippi Power Customer with a background in applied utility rates and rate calculations. It is offered as an information service to the rate payers. Constructive comments and suggestions are sincerely welcomed. If any of the information provided on this site is confusing, please let me know. Address email to admin@MyKemperBill.com.
Background on the Kemper County Energy Facility
Construction Schedule and Startup
The plant is not yet completed, though customers are being billed now.
"The 582-megawatgenerating facility is scheduled to begin operation in in fourth quarter 2014.. Source: "http://www.mississippipower.com/kemper/docs\KemperGeneralFactSheets.pdf, accessed May 5, 2014
Note: The project timeline shown on the Kemper project website on May 5, 2014 shows completion of construction and full commercial operation near the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. However, the Sun Herald and other media outlets reported on April 29, 2014 that "Mississippi Power pushed the startup of the gasification plant fueled by lignite coal from the end of 2014 to the first half of 2015." A search of the Southern Company website on May 5, 2014 did not reveal a media release on the subject.
"We expect overall average retail rate increases associated with the Kemper project to be approximately 22 percent through 2020 as outlined in the company’s 7-year rate plan. These costs, subject to approval by the MPSC, are expected to be recovered from customers through base rates and repayment of low-cost bonds."
http://www.mississippipower.com/kemper/docs\KemperGeneralFactSheets.pdf, accessed May 5, 2014
Your average cost of electricity is not the appropriate figure to use when evaluating energy saving or energy consuming measures. The average figure includes a fixed base charge which does not change with reduced or increased energy usage. Such decisions should be based on the incremental cost of power, which requires a more detailed examination of the rate and your electricity usage.
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