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2012 Mississippi Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report

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MISSISSIPPI ENERGY RELATED POLICIES MISSISSIPPI ENERGY RELATED POLICIES AND PROGRAMS and PROGRAMS When one considers the overall energy market, including traditional energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency, one must also take into account the policies that often act as drivers in energy markets. As one can easily ascertain from a cursory review of domestic and international news, the policies of the United States are often guided by our quest for energy; additionally, the energy markets are often influenced by governmental policies. These observations are also true on a state level. As pointed out in Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's 2012 Energy Works Road Map, energy is an economy's "lifeblood," and represents a concentrated opportunity for Mississippi.114 The following is an explanation of the state-level policies that affect renewable energy and energy efficiency in Mississippi. Mississippi Energy Sustainability and Development Act House Bill No. 1330, authored by Representatives Angela Cockerham and Tom Miles, was introduced in the 2012 legislative session and proposed to "coordinate all energy-related needs and activities in Mississippi with the objective of providing an efficient and economical energy system through a statewide plan."115 This bill gives the powers and duties of the state Board of Energy and Transportation over to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), with specific duties of MDA's Energy and Natural Resources Division to include: Promoting the state of Mississippi as a leader in energy development Contributing to economic development activities related to energy production and manufacturing Promoting energy efficiency in Mississippi Preparing both a Mississippi Energy Plan and a State Energy Management plan Collecting, maintaining and analyzing data related to energy consumption and production, as well as natural resources pertinent to energy opportunities 333333339933 333333339933 This bill also established a fund in the state treasury known as the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund, which would be used to make loans to existing businesses in order to emphasize the economic benefits of energy efficiency improvements. With respect to renewable energy resources, the bill charges the Energy and Natural Resources Division to work with the Department of Agriculture, the Mississippi Forestry Commission, and other partners in order to maintain accurate data on the biomass resources for the state. This bill did not pass into law.116 2012 pi RenewableMississippi Efficient and Renewable Energy Development Act Energy gy Efficiency Report Proposed during the 2012 legislative session, House Bill No. 1423 was designed to implement net metering in the state of Mississippi. According to the language of this bill, net metering would help to encourage the use of renewable energy and its associated he Status of Renewable Energy thereby increasing the consumption of renewable energy resources derived from technologies, ciency in the State of Mississippi natural resources. This action would help to not only meet a growing energy Mississippi's 32 | P a g e

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