Category Archives: Watchdog,org Mississippi

KiOR filing raises doubts about Columbus biofuel plant

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Green energy might be turning into red ink for Mississippi. The state might be on the hook for most of a $75 million no-interest loan after green fuel company KiOR idled its biofuel production plant in Columbus, according to a a 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange […]

Mississippi Power fires back at Kemper Project foes

KEMPER: The Kemper Project power plant converts lignite coal, mined near the power plant, for conversion into natural gas-like syngas to fire its turbines and generate electricity. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi Power has fired back at critics of its Kemper Project. The plant will convert lignite coal to natural gas-like syngas to fire […]

Mississippi Power trying to quell protests from Sierra Club

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi Power is trying to silence one of its biggest critics in a debate over an untested power project. The utility has filed a motion with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the state’s governing body for utilities, to end the Sierra Club’s participation in PSC hearings about the Kemper […]

Cut! Mississippi film incentives burden taxpayers

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi and other states are furiously stocking their “green rooms,” collecting and arranging tax incentives and other perks — the proverbial sparkling water — to lure Hollywood producers and directors. It’s big business, and Mississippi wants its share. Forty-seven states now offer some form of tax incentive for films and […]

Companies race to take advantage of LNG boom

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Companies, start your investments. An energy boom might be headed for the Gulf Coast region thanks to increased demand in Asia for liquified natural gas. Already, the permitting process is filled with companies eager to reconfigure older facilities for LNG exports, with several of them on the Gulf Coast. Houston-based Cheniere Energy is […]

Film tax incentives might be raw deal for Mississippi

FILM IT: The Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive, as it’s known, is capped at a maximum of $20 million per year, with a maximum credit of $10 million for a qualifying movie.   By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Plenty of filmmakers have used Mississippi as their backdrop. Movies such as “My Dog Skip,” “Huckleberry Finn” and “O Brother Where Art Thou” have taken […]

MS considers guns and hunting supplies sales tax holiday

Game feeders, left, and deer stands would be covered under a new sales tax holiday in Mississippi if Mississippi House Bill 1539 passes. The holiday would be the first weekend of September and cover guns and hunting supplies. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog In the 17 states with sales tax holidays, the weekends are usually […]