Mississippi lauded for improving energy efficiency

Mississippi is the most improved state in the nation for energy-saving policies, a ratings group says.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy lauded the state Wednesday for efforts in the last year that included lawmakers passing a new energy code for buildings and the Public Service Commission passing requirements for electric and gas utilities to offer customers ways to use less energy.

“Mississippi is clearly on its way to becoming a regional leader in energy effiency,” U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in telephone news conference. He said efficiency pushes in states align well with the Obama administration’s efforts to limit climate change induced by carbon dioxide emisssions.

Moniz said states “are in the front lines of dealing with the consequences of climate change.” He’s scheduled Friday to visit the $5 billion coal-fueled power plant that Mississippi Power Co. is building in Kemper County, to spotlight its efforts to capture carbon dioxide emissions from burning lignite.