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Updated June 2015
In July 2013 the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued energy-efficiency rules requiring investor-owned utilities to implement energy efficiency programs. Mississippi utilities collectively budgeted over $7 million for energy efficiency and load management programs in 2014.
What public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs are available in my state?
Mississippi has no public-purpose-funded energy efficiency programs.
What utility energy efficiency programs are available to me?
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is the largest publicly-owned utility in the U.S. Under its Energy Right Solutions program, TVA offers a variety of resources to commercial and industrial customers that are served by participating distributors of TVA power:
Standard Rebates and Custom Incentives provide two different options for offsetting the costs of energy efficiency projects. Standard cash rebates are available for replacing specific types of equipment (lighting, motors, HVAC, and food service equipment) with more efficient versions. Projects that are more comprehensive or involve other types of efficiency upgrades may qualify for custom incentives. To qualify for incentives, customers must complete an application and receive written approval prior to equipment purchase or installation.
Other resources include technical advice for qualifying customers and the Business Energy Advisor, which provides calculators and tips on common ways to reduce energy by facility type.
Mississippi Power's Energy Solutions for your Business program offers $0.12/kWh for savings from chiller, HVAC controls, envelope improvements, and food service equipment. In addition, their custom program pays 0.07/kWh for other qualifying efficiency upgrades. However, the program is currently (June, 2015) fully subscribed.
Coast Electric Power Association offers a $50/ton rebate to its commercial customers for the installation of an efficient electric heat pump and $10/kW for new cooking equipment rated at 6kW or greater. Other resources include the Business Energy Advisor, which provides calculators and tips on common ways to reduce energy.
What load management/demand response options are available to me?
The TVA-EnerNOC Demand Response Program provides payments to participants in exchange for agreeing to reduce electricity consumption during times of exceptionally high demand with a 30-minute notice. Demand response events may occur weekdays April-October between 12 and 8 p.m. and November-March between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. EnerNOC collaborates with customers to create an optimal demand reduction plan. Demand response efforts typically involve curtailing energy usage of such equipment as lighting, chillers, pumps and HVAC equipment. Interested customers may contact their local electricity distributor or fill out the program's inquiry form.
What distributed energy resource options are available to me?
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) provides information on programs that offer incentives for renewable distributed generation. The following programs may be of interest to federal customers:
TVA's Renewable Standard Offer program provides power purchase plans of up to 20 years to developers of renewable projects (biomass combustion, biomass gasification, methane recovery, wind and solar) greater than 50 kW and up to 20 MW in size. Rates paid are based on seasonal time-of-day averages. To be eligible, projects must have gone online after October 1st, 2010. The energy seller must provide TVA with project financing and interconnection agreements as well as metering installation plans, and must sign over title to RECs and other environmental attributes generated by the system. The program has a production limit of 100 MW total, however, the Solar Solutions Initiative pilot program offers additional incentives to participants in the standard program.
Are there energy efficiency programs sponsored by the state government?
The Energy Division of the Mississippi Development Authority offers a variety of energy efficiency programs. Currently no programs are available to federal customers.
What additional opportunities are available to me?
Federal customers whose utilities have area-wide supply contracts through GSA (such as Atmos Energy, CenterPoint, Entergy, and Mississippi Power) may be able to take advantage of 3rd-party financed energy efficiency projects called utility energy services contracts (UESCs). Information is available in GSA's Energy Division Library. Federal facilities should contact their account executive to determine the level of each utility's participation.