Mississippi Awarded Two Energy Grants
Jackson, Miss, (December 4, 2013) – The Energy and Natural Resources Division of the Mississippi Development Authority was recently awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. The grants are designed to help increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors.
A total of $4 million was awarded to 13 states for projects in three specific areas: Advancing Industrial Energy Efficiency, Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States, and Retrofitting Public Buildings. The state of Mississippi received $100,000 for Advanced Industrial Energy Efficiency and $500,000 for Stimulating Energy Efficiency Actions in States, for a total of $600,000.
“Mississippi has seen a tremendous amount of momentum in the area of energy efficiency since Governor Bryant released his Energy Works state energy plan in 2012, which called for an increased focus on energy efficiency,” said Karen Bishop, director of MDA’s Energy & Natural Resources Division. “These two awards from the Department of Energy will provide Mississippi with the resources for continued progress.”
The $100,000 grant will be used to identify certain barriers in order to improve industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power, or CHP, and to develop strategies to address those barriers. The state will also promote awareness and knowledge of CHP in industry by developing and implementing a CHP workshop and an industrial energy efficiency action plan, while continuing to develop the Mississippi E3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) program through Innovate Mississippi to promote industrial energy efficiency and CHP in Mississippi.
Utilizing the $500,000 grant, MDA will work to maximize utility and other demand side management potential by providing critical resources to support the development and deployment of energy efficiency programs in the state.
“We are so pleased to partner with Innovate Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance to achieve the goals outlined in our grant proposals. Mississippi has gained much ground in the past year, but there is still much left to do. We are eager to start working on these projects,” said Bishop.