Friday, November 8, 2013

Presley Joins National Leaders to Announce Mississippi as Most Improved Energy Efficiency State in Nation

CITES BI-PARTISAN EFFORT AS KEY TO NEW RANKING

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (November 6, 2013) – Today, Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley joined with leaders from around the nation to announce Mississippi as the nation’s most improved state on energy efficiency. Presley’s announcement came at a national press event hosted by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington D.C.-based energy think tank. The event was held to present the findings of the organization’s seventh annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks U.S. states on their policy and program efforts. Mississippi’s “most improved” status marks a dramatic turnaround from the year before, where Mississippi was ranked last in the nation.

"For too long, Mississippi has ranked dead last in the nation in the area of energy efficiency. We Commissioners have been determined since the first day in office to get our state off of the bottom in this category," Presley said. "This was a bi-partisan effort by the Commission to move Mississippi ahead and we succeeded, not by worrying about silly partisan politics but by focusing on solutions and fixing the problems facing our state."

In July, the Commission unanimously passed groundbreaking energy efficiency rules which will produce an estimated $2 billion savings directly to customers over the next twenty years and create 9,500 private sector, non-governmental jobs by the year 2020. The Commissions’ rules were instrumental in the state’s ranking.

press release