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Mississippi Power retires first generating facility located in Petal

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Plant Eaton began operating in 1945, but after delivering power to customers for nearly 70 years, Mississippi Power retired the facility at the end of 2012.

The plant was known as a high-tech facility when it first began operating, but according to Mississippi Power Air Quality Supervisor Tony Smith, the technology that was imbedded and engineered into the facility has been surpassed by newer technology, and the company feels it's best to retire Plant Eaton and move on to newer technology.

"When Plant Eaton was constructed, Plant Eaton was a big step to move Mississippi Power into a new era of power generation with state-of-the-art technology," said Smith. "Kemper is going to do that very same thing and support providing our customers with reliable, low cost energy for the future."

Mississippi Power's new 21st century coal technology, Kemper County Energy facility, is nearly 75 percent complete and is scheduled for commercial operation in May 2014.

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