Governor Barbour Asks Feds for a Meeting
January 22, 2008

Department of Energy officials are informed by email that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Southern’s C.E.O., David Ratcliffe, have requested a meeting to discuss shifting federal support from the Orlando project to the Kemper County plant. Southern is hoping for federal support as it plans to shift the new gasification technology from Florida to Mississippi. The email says that Mr. Barbour hopes to have the meeting during his visit to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 25, 2008, when he is attending a Republican Governors Association dinner. A Department of Energy official also says in the email that she informed Mr. Barbour about the type of information that would need to be submitted with a proposal. “I think he envisions this as more of a ‘listening mode’ meeting,” the energy official says.