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Summary

The Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued energy efficiency rules in July 2013 (Docket No. 2010-AD-2) that lays out a framework requiring investor-owned utilities to implement “Quick Start” energy efficiency program programs. The rules apply to regulated electric and natural gas service providers, defining elements of both “Quick Start” and teeing up issues and ideas for phase two “Comprehensive” portfolios. The rule also lays out criteria for program cost –benefit tests, cost recovery, and evaluation, monitoring, and verification (EM&V).

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Customer Energy Efficiency Programs

Utilities in Mississippi offer few energy efficiency programs, however, a new proposed rule by the Public Service Commission may create new portfolios of programs in the state. Proposed Rule 29 would create "Quick Start" programs for utilities in the state. The Rule is pending (Docket 2010-AD-2).

TVA has also taken great strides to advance energy efficiency in its service territory. In its 2007 Strategic Plan, TVA stated its commitment to be a leader in energy efficiency. Since the Plan’s release, TVA has drafted an energy efficiency and demand response plan and an environmental policy. TVA’s goal, approved by the Board in May 2008, is to reduce peak demand 4% by 2012. As part of the ramp-up process, TVA released a suite of pilot energy efficiency programs, including in-home energy auditing programs and prescriptive incentive programs for HVAC technologies. 

South Mississippi Electric Power Association, a cooperative, and Mississippi Power Co., an investor-owned utility, together accounted for all 5,387 MWh of savings reported to the EIA in 2009.  The Tennessee Valley Authority claims electric energy efficiency savings of 25,820 MWh in 2009. Mississippi Power Company offers loans for residential customers. The largest electric utility in Mississippi, Entergy Mississippi, Inc., did not report any efficiency program savings to the EIA in 2009.  There are no natural gas efficiency programs in Mississippi.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Alternative Business Models

There is currently no policy in place that decouples utility profits from sales, however a collaborative process has led to a draft of “guiding principles” for an efficiency rule which call for the recovery of lost revenues. In July 2013, the Mississippi Public Service Commission issued an order that defines energy efficiency program costs as the incremental program costs that are not already included in the then-current utility rates and the lost contribution to fixed costs associated with approved energy efficiency programs (See Docket No. 2010-AD-2)


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August 9, 2013


Reward Structures for Successful Energy Efficiency Programs

There is currently no policy in place that rewards successful energy efficiency programs, however a collaborative process has led to a draft of “guiding principles” for an efficiency rule which call for efficiency incentives. In July 2013, the Mississippi Public Service Commission issued an order allowing utilities to earn a return on energy efficiency investments through a shared savings or other performance based incentive mechanism to make these investments more like other investments on which utilities earn a return (See 2010-AD-2 Rule 29).


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August 9, 2013


Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

There is currently no EERS in place, however a new MPSC rules issued in July 2013 establishes a comprehensive phase which will set long-term energy efficiency targets.

For more information on Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, click here.


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August 9, 2013


Energy Efficiency as a Resource

There is currently no EERS in place, however a new MPSC rules issued in July 2013 establishes a comprehensive phase which will set long-term energy efficiency targets. 


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August 7, 2013


Evaluation, Measurement & Verification

There are no formally approved ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in Mississippi, but new “quick start” programs are under consideration by the Public Service Commission.

For more information on Evaluation Measurement and Verification, click here.


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August 20, 2013