Category Archives: Bigger Pie Forum

The Chief Engineer’s Legacy

biggerpieforum.org | The Chief Engineer’s Legacy | Administrator The Mississippi Levee Board (MLB) was created right after the Civil War to build and maintain levees in the Mississippi Delta.  The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) took over levee building in 1927.  But the MLB, located in Greenville, still maintains them.  It has had some […]

The PSC and the MRC

biggerpieforum.org | The PSC and the MRC | Administrator What do the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) have in common?  Both have presided over multi-billion dollar project failures.  The PSC’s is the Southern Company’s unworkable Kemper County Lignite plant. The MRC’s is the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project (MR&TP).  […]

PSC Kemper Order of July 6, 2017

biggerpieforum.org | PSC Kemper Order of July 6, 2017 | Administrator Executive Summary PSC to Southern:  Keep and pay for the gasifiers and all related assets or keep and pay for the entire Kemper project including power generation. Details MPC can keep the turbines burning natural gas and put those assets into Retail Customers Base […]

Book Review – Masters of Craft

biggerpieforum.org | Book Review – Masters of Craft | Administrator Those intrigued by the ongoing reinvention of old bombed out spaces in cities across the country would do well to read “Masters of Craft – Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy.”  The author, Richard Ocejo, is a professor of sociology at John Jay College […]

Kemper Death Rattles

biggerpieforum.org | Kemper Death Rattles | Administrator In Atlanta, on June 28, 2017, Southern Company and Mississippi Power Co. announced immediate suspension of start-up and operations activities involving the lignite gasification portion of the Kemper County energy facility.  A copy of the entire release appears below. The release is Southern Co. waving a white flag, […]

Regulating Hospital Competition

biggerpieforum.org | Regulating Hospital Competition | Administrator The Oxford English Dictionary defines a cartel as “an association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition”. The normal purpose of any cartel is to keep prices high by controlling supply and demand – like the Columbian drug cartels. […]

The Corps vs Mother Nature 

biggerpieforum.org | The Corps vs Mother Nature  | Administrator My son George said: “I hate to tell you, Dad, but we have a failure to communicate.”  (As the warden said to Cool Hand Luke.)  A friend told him at a recent fundraiser: “I see your Dad is still trying to change Mother Nature.”  No, I’m […]

Southern Company to MS PSC – Two Big Favors Please

biggerpieforum.org | Southern Company to MS PSC – Two Big Favors Please | Administrator Southern Company’s June 5, 2017 Rate Filing to Mississippi PSC – Two Big Favors Please Summarized, Mississippi Power Company’s June 5, 2017 rate filing said: We haven’t gotten Kemper fully operational in two years, give us another year or more. Power costs […]